Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel Review

By Robert Johnson | Fishing Reel Reviews

Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel

Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel 1

Rating: 3.8/5

Gear Ratio




- Strong aluminum body.

- Easy Access System for super easy lubrication.

- HT-100 drag system.

- 10+1 stainless ball bearing.

- Superline spool.

- Eternal Alloy.


- Some anglers might find the retrieve too slow.

- The Handle is a little small.


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


Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel 2

Looking for a reel that cast like a dream not only straight out of the box but for years?Well, you might want to bring home the Penn Gold Label Series Conquer.

Penn is a highly respectable name in the modern reel niche, and with Series Conquer they again have come up high-quality reels that all anglers, experienced and beginners alike, would love to hold in their hands with pride.

Main Usage

Penn is a reputable name in the spinning reel niche for the past 75 years, and they surely deliver the goods with their Conquer Series, which features four reels: CQR2000 (130-yard, 8-pound capacity), CQR7000 (250-yard, 17-pound capacity), CQR4000 (210-yard, 10-pound capacity) and CQR5000 (250-yard, 12-pound capacity).

While each has slightly different specifications in regard to mono capacity, braid capacity, number of bearings, gear ratio, and weight, they all have the same construction and other features. The Conquer Series is built to stand the rigors of saltwater fishing and is perfectly suitable for all near-shore and inshore species.

Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel 3

The reels featured in this series cast long and offer a smooth drag. Ideal for tarpon, tuna, shark, and the likes, the Conquer is lightweight yet solidly built and you can expect it to remain just as fresh as now after years of repeated use. This is not just a reel to meet your today’s fishing needs, but something that you might want to pass on to your grandchildren when you have them!

Product Features

Reel Body:

Penn is always known for building strong, sturdy reels. The Conquer Series too feature solidly-built reels. The reel body is aluminum, which is a much stronger material than graphite. Aluminum reels stay in shape for many years, and you can expect no less from these reels. Apart from the aluminum frame, the rotor, reel, and spool all are made of aluminum. Besides being strongly built, the Conquer Series is also appealing to the eye.

The Conquer Series features a revolutionary design with EAS, which stands for easy access system. The EAS feature allows quick and easy access to internal parts for lubrication, and the most impressive thing is that when pop the hatch, the internal parts don’t fall all over the ground. Everything stays in its position and it is ridiculously easy to put back everything together.

Reel Gear Ratio:

The exact reel gear ratio that you will get depends on the model you purchase. As said above, there are 4 models in this series. With that said, the reel gear ratio doesn’t differ so much from model to model.

All four models are medium-speed retrieves, which basically means they provide both torque and speed in equal measures and so are most suitable for medium-sized fish. Ideally, you would want to have at least one reel of each type, slow-speed retrieve, medium-speed retrieve, and high-speed retrieve. But if you want to buy only one reel for all purposes, a medium-speed retrieve, like Conquer Series, is your best bet

Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel 4

Drag System:

Penn Gold Label Series Conquer Spinning Reel 5

The HT100 drag system provides one of the smoothest drags that you can get. It has got a consistent drag, even when the load is heavy. It is built from proprietary carbon material which ensures the reel remains smooth even after years of use..

The risk of drag slippage is extremely low with this reel, and so is the chance of experiencing mechanical problems. You can safely expect the reel to give you top-notch performance for a long time.

Ball Bearings:

There are two things regarding ball bearings that you must check. The first thing to check is how many of them are present. Four is the minimum number, because anything less and the drag will be bumpy and jerky. Try to buy the reel with maximum ball bearings that you can afford.

While the Conquer Series is not expensive, it has ten ball bearings, all in the right place. Therefore, it gives you a silky smooth drag again and again. Also the ball bearings in the reel are made of stainless steel. This means they stay as good as new for many years, especially with regular maintenance.


The Conquer Series comes with a slew of quality features but is not very pricey. It cast a long distance, offers smooth drag, and features a strong body.

It’s a winner all the way and you would love to take it to the sea again and again

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