Even from a distance, the gleaming gold of a Penn International offshore reel is unmistakable. Visit any marina from Honolulu to Hatteras, Miami to Montauk, and you're bound to find some boats with these metallic heavy hitters sprouting from every rocket launcher and cockpit rod holder. Whether the target is blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, or monster mako sharks, an International will break their wills season after season, which may explain why I've used very few new Internationals offshore. Most have been in the hands of their owners for many years. They are often scratched, dinged, and scuffed, but when a big fish is on the line, this reel's rock-solid guts winch it to the boat like a champ. I owe my first New Jersey bluefin to a mid-1980s International, and my first wahoo to a late-1970s model on a charter boat in Aruba. While many of Penn's reels are now made overseas, these big, gold beauties are still machined in the original Philadelphia plant—the same plant that turned out your dad's International, which probably still kicked butt offshore last summer. —J.C.