Penn SQL12 Squall Star Drag Reels
|Mono Cap. (yds/lb)||Braid Cap. (yds/lb)||Bearings||Max Drag||Gear Ratio||Line Retrieve||Weight||Price|
|6+1||15 lbs.||6.0:1||28 in||14.4 oz||$149.95 USD|
- Lightweight graphite frame
- Machined and anodized aluminum spool
- Externally adjustable magnetic casting brake
- High-strength marine grade bronze alloy main gear
- Quick high-speed gear ratio
- Precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear
- Live spindle with free floating spool
- Patened Versa-Drag system allows for multiple drag settings for various fishing conditions
- Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
- HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads
- Stainless steel reel stand
- Counter-balanced handle with oversized paddle knob
Chino Hills, CA
Not that impressive
May 17, 2016
Just took this reel out for the first time. The good: Freespool is decent. Drag is good. Casts pretty good. I got this on sale, so that is a good point. The bad: The knob has sharp edges where it connects to the handle. Very uncomfortable. The clutch engage lever is cheesy. The clicker is cheesy and sometimes when engaged won't let the spool spin without a lot of force. Overall, I would not recommend.
By Joe Yannick (Papa Joe Sportfishing)
Long Neck, DE
Compact, powerful and reliable.
August 16, 2015
I run a charter business out of southern Delaware and have always been a believer in Penn products. The newest addition to my arsenal was the Penn squall and I love it, it's light, powerful and quiet operation. I've been using it for deep water flounder fishing on the Old Grounds and have had great success with it. The HT 100 drag is unbeatable.
ProsCompact power. HT 100 drag system. Great line capacity - using 20 # braid. Fast reel speed.
ConsNot one fault so far!
By David Houseman
The Penn Squall 15
March 28, 2015
I bought this reel from Tackle Direct who's service has always been great..Will it cast far? Yes it will..bottom line..The Handle sits too far to the right of the reel creating an uncomfortable imbalance when reeling in a fish..the rod wants to rock back and forth with every turn of the handle..this is a pain because not having a level wind, you are busy already guiding the line back on the reel with your thumb..second problem...the clicker after 1 year is already shot..it wants to stay engaged all the time..when I took it apart to inspect the problem I witnessed the worst clicker design I have ever seen on a bait casting reel..I'm not even going to bother to replace it because it is simply junk..I'm going to take the clicker which I depend on out of the reel and just keep the rod locked down..I also got a Spinfisher V about the same age that's giving me problems..after 1 year of use and $300 spent between the 2 reels, I shouldn't be having any problems..thats why I spend money and refuse to buy cheap junk is because I don't want these problems..all I can say is I'm done with Penn and my trusty Abus are still going strong after years of service
By Juan Damian
Excellent Reel! Ready to cast long distances without tunning it!
December 22, 2014
I've purchased 2 and totally satisfied.
Prosmagnetic casting brake is fantastic, it gives you total control.
Pleasantville, New Jersey
December 19, 2014
I've been using this reel for 4 years now and not a complaint. The magnetic adjustment is very nice to have also. As this being my first conventional reel the mag system really help getting used to casting a conventional reel. This thing strung up the 40lb braid has brought in everything from large flounder to 150lb brow sharks.
let the battle begin
March 30, 2014
I have two 15 squall star drag they are best casting reel that you need
Lower Portland, N.S.W
February 16, 2014
Casts beautifully. Compact and light, but strong and very durable. Good for spinning repeatedly or throwing bait. Large handle makes retrieving easy. Good, smooth drag. Would buy again.
Penn SQL25N PROS & CONS
December 20, 2013
Bought reel from TackleDirect and very pleased with the punctual delivery and price.
ProsLightweight, smooth free spool and fast retrieve. Love Penn for always providing tool and lubricants.
ConsThe gap between the spool edges and housing is too wide that even 30 LB mono goes between them on backlashes.Once the line wraps around the spool axle, you need tools to remove one side of the reel to unwrap the line from the spool axle. With the old Penn Squider, I never had my 25LB mono get jammed between the spool and housing; it has a metal housing and thus provides tighter gaps to eliminate line jam ups on backlashes.
A great reel to learn to surf cast with.
November 3, 2013
I read a lot about this reel on a few forums before purchasing. They were dead on. The magnetic brake allows a beginner to get a feel for the gear without creating massive nests. As you get comfortable you can start tuning down the brake and increasing your casting distance. The redfish did not have a chance.
By Hong Guang
New Market, Alabama
great surfcast reel
May 22, 2013
rugged & durable design, this is one for the hardcore surf angler!
Penn Squall 12
August 5, 2012
Extremely easy to cast for an overhead reel. Set the mag control and all you need to do is stop it spinning at the end of the cast. Very quiet and smooth. Ikmprove my casting distance by 30mtrs
ProsGreat casting distance acheived. Excellent for surf fishing
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