PENN International 130 reels are the biggest of International series reels. If you are fishing for giants these reels are as good as it gets. In this area Penn 130 reels are commonly used for targeting Giant Bluefin Tuna. Matched with a bent butt rod and a swivel rod holder you have the chance of landing just about any sized fish.
Penn has been making great fishing reels since 1932. The Penn International 130 model was introduced in the early 1970's . It has evolved over time like any other great reel. The current model is a 130VSX, it is a two speed reel capable of holding 1900yards of 200lb braid and more drag than you could ever need, it sells for around $1100.
You can find older models like the recently discontinued Penn International 130ST or the very old original Penn International 130 used online for a lot less. It takes care and time to keep these shinny gold anodized beauties looking good. Generally speaking the cosmetic condition of an older reel tells you a lot about how it was cared for, or how little it was used and abused.
I do not own any Penn 130 reels as it is a little overkill for my setup but I’ve fished them many times on other boats. To put it simple, you can overpower any fish with these reels. My only gripe with the International series reels is the care you must take to keep them looking new. It is very easy for an inexperience angler to scratch up or ding up the gold anodized finish.
Penn International VSX models are constructed to achieve the extreme drag ranges expected by anglers fishing with super-braids. Unlike other products that advertise their high-potential drag settings but fail to inform you that these drag settings result in drag curves that are anything but angler friendly, and have a high potential to pop lines, pull hooks, and result in lost fish, Penn VSX models have been engineered to achieve these extreme drag settings while maintaining an appropriate and smooth drag curve throughout the entire range of the drag-lever. Simply put, Penn Engineering at its finest.