Penn Versus Diawa Surf Fishing Reels

Penn And Diawa Reels Are Similar In Parts As Well As Performance Which Makes Them Both A Durable And Popular Reel For Surf Fishing

Today on Reel Talk … Bill McGee shows us the similarities of two popular surf fishing reels. The Penn 750 SS first generation compared to the Diawa GS90. I have been using both of these brands, and coincidentally reels all of my life. I prefer them to most, if not all reels on the market today. I grew up using Penn and Diawa and they have never let me down. I have tried other brands, some with success others not so much. For the price and durability none have compared to Penn or Diawa.

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here is my biggest Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation. Next to it is a GS90 Diawa surf reel. Both are 3 ball bearing.

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel with side their plates removed

Take the handle off and pull the side plate. Can you see the similarities.

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel main gears

Pull the main gear and except for the type of material used they are basically the same. Another reason these are two of the most popular brands of surf reel. They are very durable.

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel main shafts and crosswind gears

Check out the main shafts and crosswind gears. Similar in function obviously, but size as well. Not interchangeable which would make them identical.

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel dogs and gears

Pull the rotor and look at the anti reverse dogs and gears (above). The Penn 12 point is an add from the standard 6 point from Penn. You can also see that the dog is broken on the Diawa (right). May take me a lifetime to find that part.
(Don’t tell Bill but I have a few old ones laying around for parts)

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Penn Reel 750ss 1st generation and the Diawa GS90 surf reel

All back together, Diawa was a little less expensive alternative for surf fishing. They are still producing a great reel for less than most new reels on the market. Then and now, a sturdy reel.

Bill McGee

Reel Talk will be a weekly to biweekly feature on Delaware Surf Fishing. Bill has been collecting and working on reels and rods for a long time. It is more of a passion than just a hobby. Fishing has a way of giving us more than just catching fish for enjoyment. Many people collect reels, rods, and gear.
If there is something you would like to see Bill talk about or have any questions email us at admin@delaware-surf-fishing.com. Yes, we are trying to talk him into servicing reels, he has skills. My reels he worked on recently are smooth and sing like a dream.

Fish On!
Rich King

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