Penn Conflict Spinning Reel CFT6000 Review

Penn Conflict Spinning Reel CFT6000

Penn Conflict Spinning Reel CFT6000 1

Rating: 4.4/5

Gear Ratio




- Full metal body.

- Sealed HT-100 Drag System.

- 7+1 stainless steel ball bearings.

- Powerful and smooth.


- Some users might not like its handle.


Penn Reels Comparison

  • Penn Battle II Spinning Reel
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Instant anti-reverse
  • 5.2:1 gear ratio
  • Penn Spinfisher V Spinning Reel
  • Varying gear ratios available
  • Sealed HT-100 Slammer Drag system
  • Watertight design for saltwater and freshwater fishing
  • Superline Spool with Line Capacity Rings
  • Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Techno-Balanced rotor for smooth retrieves
  • 4+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant anti-reverse
  • Penn Clash Spinning Reels
  • 8 sealed stainless steel ball bearings
  • Dura-Gear technology
  • Full metal body
  • Leveline Oscillaton System
  • Penn Squall Level Wind Reel
  • 2+1 stainless steel ball bearings
  • Switchblade lugs
  • HT-100 drag washers
  • Level wind line control


Do you like Penn Battle II and now want something similar but much better? You might want to check out CFT6000. Don’t get fooled by its compact size; when it comes to performance, CFT6000 is as good as they come.

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This reel has almost the same configuration as its sibling, but offers a little bit more drag and cut a little bit more weight out of it. Perfectly suitable for even some bottom fishing, in addition to dolphin, Wahoo, kingfish, the CFT6000 offers great value for money.

And just like other Penn reels, this too is durable. You can use it for open water fishing for a long time, without worrying about wear and tear.

Main Usage

This is an all aluminum bodied reel, having aluminum rotor, aluminum reel, aluminum spool, and aluminum handle. Aluminum reels are much stronger than the rest—and CFT6000 is no exception to this.

The reel features an oversized EVA knob, much bigger than the one present in the CFT5000. Weighing at 21.5oz, the CFT6000 is built to tackle bigger fish, like Tarpon, Dorado, Blue fish, etc. It offers a lot of power and also includes a friction trip bail system, which slows the trip when you have got the bail open and its breaking. This, in turn, stops the bail from tripping.

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You get a lot of drag pressure from the CFT6000 and the retrieves are smooth, without any jerky movements, all thanks to its techno-balanced rotor. It also offers tremendous line capacity rings to ensure you are never short of adjustment possibilities when you let the line out. Furthermore, its bearing system, featuring 7+1 stainless steel ball bearings, is just awesome and doesn’t ever let you down.

Product Features

Reel Body:

The CFT6000 is solidly built and has an aluminum body. Penn has always offered users strongly-build reels, and the same is true for CFT6000. While the reel is extremely strong and sturdy, it weighs less than many similarly powerful reels. Cast it once and you’ll realize, much to your surprise, how much power it has.

There are no flimsy or loose parts, and this makes the reel easy to use. There is absolutely no back play and every moving part delivers silky-smooth performance, both are a great piece of news for an inshore angler, experienced or beginner.

Reel Gear Ratio:

The CFT6000, much like its slightly less powerful sibling the CFT5000, has a reel gear ration of 5.6:1. This means it can fit in the category of both medium-speed and high-speed reels.

For large fish, you need a reel that provides ample amount of torque. With CFT6000, you get just that. However, the beauty of this reel is that it also offers enough speed for hauling in comparatively small fish. The reel gear ratio of the CFT6000 is just about perfect for most inshore anglers, probably this explain why it is so popular among these fishermen.

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Drag System:

Like other PENN reels of this series, the CFT6000 also features the sealed HT-100 Drag System. This drag system has been much appreciated by inshore anglers, and it is not hard to understand why this is so.

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The drag system is smooth and of high-quality, so the risk of broken lines and lost fish is extremely low. Thanks to the non-constrictive and smooth drag of CFT6000, the line pulls out steadily at different tensions. What’s more, the drag system is sealed, so you wouldn’t have to worry about it getting damaged because of wear and tear anytime soon.

Ball Bearings:

If you found the bearing system of Penn Battle II efficient, you are going to simply love CFT6000’s bearing system. While Battle II had 7 bearings in total, this one features 8, 7 in the body and 1 in the line roller. With 7 bearings in the body, your retrieves will be much smoother compared to Battle II.

In fact, in this price range, the CFT 6000 probably boasts of the most efficient bearing system. Another thing it its favor is that it has opted for sealed stainless steel ball bearings. These bearings last longer, and there’s no risk of corrosion, either.


Whether you are a tournament angler, a fishing guide, a hobbyist fishermen, you’ll love the way the CFT6000 cast long and offers smooth drag.

This is a solidly-built, powerful reel with great performance. All in all, the CFT6000 offers great value for money.

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