I don't know who told you that Penn reels don't do well with braids but I don't agree with that. I have three Penn reels a 310Gti, a 975International and a 525Mag I use Power Pro on all of them. It is a great line. Of course you have to put a backing of 10 or 15 yards of Monofilament to use as a shock absorber and to prevent your braided line from sliping. I usually load my reels with 50# Power pro. Is a powerful line and it has the diameter of a 12# test monofilament.