I have had the 5000 for almost a year now. Got it in the early fall last year and used it for surf fishing and wading. The reel took a couple occasional dunks last year. Never rinsed off or taken care of. I did this purposefully to see what kind of abuse I could put it through
At the end of the season I loosened the drag and put it on the rack for the winter. Took it out this spring in the kayak and have caught a dozen or so bass 40” or greater with it. Largest being over 45”. Didn’t skip a beat. Reel has been overboard twice so far this spring no rinse or wash after fishing each time I have been out. Drag still works smooth and no water intrusion that I can feel. No Geary noise or spots that want to lock up
I have not cared for this reel to see what would happen to it. ( it was given to me to test from a tackle shop ). So far it has held up well, the only complaint I have is when I open the bail to let line out for trolling the line will get hung up on the roller bearing assembly. Has to do with how square and deep this area is. I do not jig with this reel but do use a 2oz popper and guppy pencil with it and the shaft still seems to be true and not bent
I am not a Penn guy, all my reels are Shimano, but I have taken a liking to this reel and think for the money this is a great product. Would I reel it underwater?? No but it’s also not a VS or ZB. I am not afraid to give it a dunk or two every now and then though.
So far this reel has probably seen more than 400 hrs of fishing in the northeast waters her on the cape and it’s still going strong