Product Comparison: Penn Slammer III (SLAIII5500) vs Shimano Saragosa SW (SRG5000SW)

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General Specifications
About the Product
The PENN Slammer III is back by popular demand. Built for heavy-duty fishing from either boat or shore, and trusted by charter captains all over the world. The Slammer III reels feature our new IPX6 Sealed System which keeps water out of the gear box and drag system. We're also using our updated Slammer Drag System which now utilzes our proprietary Dura- Drag material.
One of our latest additions to the Offshore Spinning line up dedicated to the Blue Water angler. Saragosa SW features Propulsion Line Management System, Paladin Gearing, Waterproof drag and Shielded A-RB bearings. Tackle the toughest species and conditions with elegance and power.
Slammer III (SLAIII5500)
Saragosa SW (SRG5000SW)
Key Specs
Braid Line Capacity
500/20, 380/30, 335/40
245/20, 225/30, 175/40
Reel Size
7 + 1
5 + 1
Mono Line Capacity
430/10, 330/12, 230/15
240/10, 195/12, 165/14
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Penn Slammer III (SLAIII5500) Spinning
  • For the price it cannot be beat. Smooth drag, enormous line capacity, ipx6 rating, and extremely strong and durable. Will last for years.
  • Light, Smooth Drag, Lots of Power for it size, Excellent For Plugging and Surfcasting, Good Looking Reel.
  • Great reel. I been using it as much as possible. Landed some good size stripers with it so far.
  • I had to return this item cause it was`nt the right size. Great reel though.
  • The amount of drag this reel produces is unbelievable, it's so smooth.
Shimano Saragosa SW (SRG5000SW) Offshore Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • This reel is butter and everything I expect from shimano. I paired it with a travel med hvy tide master and maxcuatro braid. It casts amazingly and retrieves with ease.
  • This reel is really smooth like butter and casts very well. Shimano quality assured.
  • This is a great reel for the price! It is a solid mid level reel, when a 2500 is too small and an 8000 is too heavy.
  • It’s lightweigt and compact but still has good line capacity on braid and can put the breaks on some decent sized fish making aggressive runs.
  • Lightweight. Well built. Good amount of drag. Good line capacity. Smooth reel.
Size & Weight
7 in.
9 in.
22.4 oz.
16 oz.
6 in.
6.4 in.
5 in.
4.8 in.
Max Drag
40 lb.
22 lb.
Drag Type
Front Drag
Front Drag
Drag Adjustment
Drag Material
Dura Drag
What customers say about "Drag"
Penn Slammer III (SLAIII5500) Spinning
  • My new favorite spinner. Got it for offshore. Powerful reel with tons of drag.
  • Awesome strong drag, smooth casting and reeling, amazing retrieve rate.
  • Super smooth drag system. Performs as well or better than my other reels that cost twice as much.
  • The drag setting is great for bottom fishing.
  • Solid internal bail trip, drag is smooth as silk, and the gear ratio makes it easy to retrieve at any speed.
Shimano Saragosa SW (SRG5000SW) Offshore Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Just amazing reel. Smooth and powerful. Love the sound of the drag.
  • Fishing reel is light and has a comfortable feel, not too bulky, drag is very smooth
  • The drag, gearing, and sealing design are evolved.
  • Great versital reel, used it for big snook, 40 to 60lb tarpoon and can go offshore with it love the drag.
  • Amazing reel. It feels solid, casts excellent, has great drag.
Gear Ratio
5.6 : 1
5.7 : 1
Retrieve Rate
39 in.
38 in.
Anti-Reverse Feature
Type Of Crank
Reel Handle Position
Left / Right
Left / Right
Instant Anti-Reverse, Full Metal body, sideplate, and rotor, CNC Gear® technology, IPX6 Sealed body and spool design, Sealed Slammer® drag system with Dura-Drag™
X-Ship, Hagane Body, Hagane Gear, X-Tough Drag, CF Aluminum Cold Forge Spool, S AR-B bearings, Super Stopper II
What customers say about "Features"
Penn Slammer III (SLAIII5500) Spinning
  • Excellent reel. Very sturdy. Smooth retrieve. Easy spool on/off and adjustment of drag.
  • Nice smooth retrieving power for the level needed.
  • Has a little bit to be desired with braided line but works well with monofilament and the retrieve is smooth.
  • Monster reel for the price! Handles salt water like a champ!
  • Built like a tank, but handles likes a sports car.
Shimano Saragosa SW (SRG5000SW) Offshore Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Although it is not to be considered submersible, I'm sure it will hand above water surface splashing with ease.
  • I have not had the Saragosa 5000 long but it has taken a beating. Sand, accidentally dunked a few times, and lots of drag pulling hookups.
  • I use this reel for one of my jigging setups. It has a very smooth action and feels great. I will be buying more of these reels.
  • It is perfect. Very good price for salt water sealed reel.
  • It performs very well, it's sealed, light weight, extremely smooth drag, I've had no issues with this reel since I got it.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
269.95 $

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