International VSX

Proudly made in Philadelphia, the International® VSX is engineered for anglers needing e’X’treme ranges especially when fishing superlines. The VSX achieves a range of 24 pounds of max drag at strike on the 12 size and a total of 80 pounds on the 130 size, which on average is 30 to 60% higher than International V two speed reels.

Made In The USA

The International VSX is built in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturing center. Our experienced crew has been designing and producing durable, high-quality reels in this facility since 1932.

Dura Drag™

The Dura-Drag system results in smoother start ups and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings. 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.

Quick Shift™ 2-Speed System

The Quick-Shift 2-speed system shifts into high or low gear allowing you to easily adjust to any fishing situation on the fly.

Full Metal Body

Constructed with full metal body and side plates to keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads. There is a reason PENN International® reels are considered The Gold Standard in high quality, big game reels. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. So when building the most respected big game reels on the market, we take extra steps to ensure our reels perform better and last longer. Click here to take a look at a side by side comparison next to the competition.


The Push-to-Turn preset drag knob eliminates accidental changes to the drag and prevents lost fish due to pulled hooks or slack in your line.

Braid Ready

Braid ready to handle the strain that braided lines put on a reel.

Ultimate Adjustable Clicker

The ultimate adjustable clicker on the 12VSX allows for the greatest range of bait clicker settings in the industry. Simply turn the dial clockwise to increase the tension for fishing bigger baits or turn it counterclockwise to lighten the tension for smaller baits or to detect lighter strikes. (Available on 12VSX size only)

Penn International VSX Two Speed Reel
Penn International VSX 130 Two Speed Reel


Ratcheted drag lever prevents “drag creep” caused by hours of trolling and vibrations

Shielded stainless steel ball bearings

Stainless steel reel stand

Braid Ready to handle the strain that braided lines put on a reel

130VSX has titanium handle blank

Ultimate adjustable clicker available on 12VSX only

Made In The USA
Dura Drag
Push To Turn
Quick Shift
Full Metal Body
Braid Ready
Ultimate Adjustable Clicker
Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag @ Strike / @ Full Gear Ratio High/Low Line Retrieve High/Low Weight
12VSX 360/30 • 300/40 • 220/50 750/50 • 625/65 • 525/80 4 24lbs. / 36lbs. 5.0:1 / 2.5:1 38/19 33(oz)
16VSX 1075/16 • 700/20 • 480/30 825/65 • 700/80 • 600/100 4 30lbs. / 42lbs. 4.3:1 / 1.7:1 36/15 41(oz)
30VSX 525/30 • 320/50 • 280/60 775/80 • 650/100 • 550/130 4 38lbs. / 50lbs. 3.8:1 / 1.6:1 37/15 60(oz)
50VSX 500/50 • 440/60 • 330/80 875/130 • 775/150 • 650/200 4 44lbs. / 56lbs. 3.1:1 / 1.3:1 34/14 76(oz)
130VSX 975/130 • 850/150 • 525/200 3650/150 • 2975/200 • 2475/250 6 80lbs. / 100lbs. 2.2:1 / 1.2:1 38/21 176(oz)
International VSX is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Penn VSX lineup is superior Have all the Penn VSX's, 12 to 50 and they all can be fished hard. Great freespool, all the drag you need and then some, exceptionally reliable and resistant to the elements. Able to handle anything the conditions demand. I use these for West Coast long range tuna/yellowtail/wahoo/dorado and rockfish. They hold up and will stay dependable by doing the normal maintenance. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VSX50 I love this reel hook my first Pacific Blue Marlin with between 300-400 lbs reel was performing great. Unfortunately lost the Marlin due to line breaking.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A friend in a battle I have several Penn reels including a VSX 50 that I used for my frequent fishing trips to Los Cabos, Mexico. I is a strong, durable, reliable reel you can depend on. It is a true friend in a battle! Only  con... It is quite heavy.
Date published: 2014-04-12