Penn Clash Review – Saltwater Spinning Reel(Buyer’s Guide and Reviews)

Welcome to our Penn Clash review, a salt water spinning reel that has gained rave reviews since coming to the market. The Clash can be considered the bigger and better brother to the Penn Battle 2 whilst not being completely out of it's price point range. 

The Penn Clash like the Penn Battle 2 could best be described as a lightweight saltwater open faced reel. ​The Clash however is certainly a jump in terms of quality and durability over it's smaller cousin.

With the Clash spinning reel Penn have pulled out all the stops when it comes to the quality of the materials used in construction and the ​precision engineering practices involved. This attention to detail has resulted in one of the most durable salt water spinning reels available and it is arguably one of the top rated spinning reels.

Penn Clash Review

​The Penn Clash comes in a range of seven models starting at a 2000 up to an 8000. The omission of a 1000 model from the range is what sets it apart from the Battle 2 in terms of size. Any 1000 rated spinning reel is general going to be used for ultralight fishing gear and this is not the main ambition of the Clash.

It best suited to medium to heavy inshore spinning ​usage. However, in the lower sized models like the 2000 you can still fish on a fairly light setup down to about 4 lbs line strength. At the higher end of the range like the 8000 you can easily fish on some heavier inshore boat tackle setups. 

Penn have really pulled out all the stops in terms of build. The full metal body combined with CNC precision machined gears virtually eliminate twisting and warping within the reel housing. The elimination of twist results in maximum power being transferred between the crank handle and the bail system.  ​

All of the models listed have the 8 stainless steel ball bearings plus one anti reverse bearing. Penn have included carbon fiber drag washers on the top drag system which is as high tech as drag technology comes.​

If you are using braid and are worried about line lay then the slow oscillation system will significantly help to reduce in wind knots by laying the line down in a tight uniform manner on the spool.

On the smaller models (2000-5000) the rotor is carbon and on the larger models (6000 & 8000) it is aluminum. The bail on all models is built from heavy-duty corrosion resistant aluminum prolonging the operational life.​

Penn have provided a sturdy no frills reel that will last many seasons of hard use.​ The main factor that sets it apart from other saltwater spinning reels under $200 is the use of such high grade materials. Penn have built a reputation of delivering best in class durability and technology and the Clash range is no different.


  • ​8 corrosion resistant stainless steel sealed ball bearings 
  • CNC Gear Technology
  • Techno balanced rotor assemblies
  • Line capacity rings
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Leveline oscillation system

Specification Table for Penn Clash Reel


Braid   YD/LB



Max Drag 

Gear Ratio 

CLA 2000

210/8 180/10 165/15

240/4 180/6 125/8

8.2 oz

10 lb


CLA 2500

240/10 220/15 160/20

255/6 175/8 140/10

8.5 oz

12 lb


CLA 3000

250/15 180/20 130/30

​200/8 165/10 120/12

10.2 oz

15 lb


CLA 4000

​315/15 260/20 185/30

270/8 220/10 165/12

10.7 oz

15 lb


CLA 5000

420/20 300/30 240/40

225/12 200/15 135/20

16.90 oz

20 lb


CLA 6000

490/30 390/40 335/50

335/15 230/20 210/25

20.7 oz

25 lb


CLA 8000

465/50 390/65 345/80

340/20 310/25 230/30

27.2 oz

30 lb


Penn Clash 2000 Review

If you are looking for a setup in terms of quality for your ultralight inshore gear then the Clash 2000 is a solid choice. Capable of handling 240 yards of 4 lbs mono or 210 yards of 8 lbs braid you will certainly not run out of line. At 8.2 oz it would certainly not be the lightest "ultralight spinning reel" available but for durability in the harsh saltwater environment it may not be beatable.

Penn Clash 2500 Review

The Clash 2500 is probably where most fishermen looking for a lightweight saltwater spinning reel would start. Given that it can comfortably hold mono up to 10 lbs and braid up to 20 lbs without much weight gain over the 2000 you ca still hit control some fairly large fish with ease.

Penn Clash 3000 Review

​The Penn Clash 3000 is where we begin to get into saltwater spinning reel workhorse territory. There is a step up in terms of weigh over the smallest two models in the range however that weight means a lot more power. Max drag on the 3000 is 15 lbs 50% higher than the smallest model.

Penn Clash 4000/5000 Review

The Clash 4000 or 5000 could be considered the best compromise in terms of power and value. These reels are built tough and can take a lot of abuse. The 4000 marks the upper end of the more lightweight applications and the 5000 jumps significantly in terms of weight, drag and line capacity.

Penn Clash 6000/8000 Review 

The two biggest models are built to last weighing 20.7 oz and 27.2 oz respectively ​and can be used for most inshore fishing situations including all day heavy boat work. The big 30 lb drag on the 8000 model is definitely sufficient for the strongest of inshore species.