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Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels

Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels

The Fathom Star Drag Reel features the Live Spindle design, which allows the spool to spin independently of the spindle and pinion gear, which significantly reduces friction experienced from the extreme acceleration of the spool when casting.

$199.95 - $219.95
TD Code
Mono Cap. (yds/lb)Braid Cap. (yds/lb)BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine RetrieveWeightPrice
5+125 lbs6.0:128 in15.5 oz$199.95 USD
5+125 lbs6.0:128 in15.6 oz$199.95 USD
5+125 lbs6.0:140 in17.9 oz$219.95 USD
5+125 lbs6.0:140 in18.4 oz$219.95 USD
5+125 lbs6.0:140 in18.7 oz$219.95 USD
The Penn Fathom Star Drag, with the revolutionary Live Spindle design, is the most castable reel in the market place. The improved configuration allows the spool to spin independently of the spindle and pinion gear, which significantly reduces friction experienced from the extreme acceleration of the spool when casting. Other reels using a ''fixed spindle'' design slow the rotation of the spool and reduce casting distance. Additionally the Live Spindle improves the retrieve of the reel because the spindle and pinion do not need to turn relative to each other during heavy loads, unlike a ''fixed spindle'' reels that result in a difficult retrieve and erratic drag.
Penn Fathom Star Drag features:
  • Full metal body and sideplates keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
  • Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion
  • Versa-Drag system with HT-100 washers. By rearranging the sequence of the keyed metal washers and eared HT-100 washers the reel can be set up for fishing a wide range of drag settings without additional parts.
  • Live Spindle Design with free floating spool
  • Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system
  • Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how muchline you have left when fighting a fish. The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3, 2/3 or a full spool of line. These lines also give you a benchmark for backing your superlines with monofilament.
  • 5+1 shielded stainless steel bearing system
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels
5 Stars based on 4 Review(s)
Boynton Beach, FL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Sick reel
April 28, 2015
Good for bottom and live bait

Lake worth, FL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

trolling reel
April 22, 2015
this is my go to trolling reel for big dolphin and tuna in south florida

Ottawa, Ontario
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great reel! Hesitation from free-spool into gear = normal
February 3, 2015
I got the Penn Fathom 15 star drag, and I am real pleased with it! Had to buy it online, so never had the reel in hand before I ordered it. The local stores don't carry ANY salt water products here.... Anyway, the reel feels really solid, a touch heavy, but that's to be expected with the solid metal frame. I think it will outlast the light weight graphite reel (Squall). (!) When I got the reel, I played with it for a bit. Engaging the free spool, and than back in gear. And, when I put the reel back in gear.... there is a "grinding" sound feeling almost before it finally clicks into gear. It almost takes for you to reverse the handle to have it "click" back into gear. So, naturally, I was concerned and called the seller right away, and they were really good and refunded me, and I re-ordered the same reel. (!) On some of the fishing forums, I brought this issue up. Someone asked me if I had line on the reel when this occurred. I didn't. He said it's normal for that to happen if there is no line or weight/resistance applied. The little bit of weight from the line will make the reel click right back into gear. Something I din't know and thought of before hearing about it on this forum. Disadvantage of online shopping I guess. So, it's normal. The new re-ordered reel does the same thing,
strong, solid fast retrieve great casting, with free spindle looks great
wish they had a lefty, but can make due Penn should advice about noise and resistance when switching gears without line. Could cause "false-alarms"

Tampa, Florida
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Reel
September 10, 2014
This reel is an absolute beast. I bought the FTH12 and use it with 30 pound JB. Absolutely awesome combo. I had to use it the first week I got it so, my friend and I went out to a reef and hammered the Grouper, Grunts, Snapper, and Mackerel. We even caught a 40" Cobia on this combo. My friend initially made fun of it saying that it was too small but, by the end of the day, he wanted one too. The reel made easy work of the grunts but also had no trouble pulling a grouper up. It was exactly what I was looking for: a small but tough reel.
Lots of drag Big handle Looks Good Price
Free spool lever is a little hard to move at first


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