Penn SQL40LD Squall Lever Drag Reel
|Mono Cap. (yds/lb)||Braid Cap. (yds/lb)||Bearings||Max Drag|
|Gear Ratio||Line Retrieve||Weight||Price|
|5+1||14 lbs||18 lbs||5.1:1||37 in||20.9 oz||$159.95 USD|
Penn designed the Squall Lever Drag reels with function and ergonomics at the top of the list. The lever drag does not protrude above the frame of the reel. This means there is no way for the line to loop over and hang up on the lever of the Squall Lever Drag.
- Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates
- Forged and machined aluminum spool
- High-strength marine grade bronze main and pinion gear
- Dura-Drag washers virtually eliminate hesitation, even underextreme drag settings
- Switchblade harness lugs (50 & 60 sizes only)
- Ratcheted drag lever prevents ''drag creep'' caused by hours of trolling and vibrations
- Line Capacity Rings
- 5+1 Shielded stainless steel bearing system
- Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
Penn Squall Lever Drag Innovative Features:
- Versa-Handle System - Are you bottom fishing or trolling? Are you looking for power or speed? Penn's Versa-Handle System allows the angler to choose how long the handle should be in less than a minute; tools are included with each reel. Assemble the reel in the long position for more power; assemble in the short position for more speed, your choice.
- Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish. The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3rd, 2/3rd, or a full spool of line. Also if you respool often these lines give you a benchmark for backing your superlines with monofilament which will help eliminate wasted time and line.
- Switchblade Harness Lugs give you all the benefits of traditional lugs without the risk of grabbing loose line and potentially breaking off fish. When the lugs are not in use they remain flush with the reel frame, when you need them they easily pop up with the tip of your finger. The other benefit of the proprietary Switchblade harness lugs is basic ergonomics. Letís face it, harness lugs can be uncomfortable when you are palming the reel on the cast or retrieve. If you donít plan to use the lugs then stow them in the down position and you have one of the most ergonomic reels on the market. Included on 50 & 60 sizes only.
4.5 Stars based on 21 reviews
December 14, 2016
This reel is very trustworthy; it helped me catch my first bluefin tuna exceeding 80lbs with no problem. This reel is half the price of other brand reels on the market.
June 12, 2016
Exactly what was expected, all pros no cons.
June 4, 2016
Overall this is a great reel, it has great drag and holds a ton of line. Definitely recommend this reel if you are fishing for large fish such as tuna, sailfish, medium sized sharks, and lots of other large game fish.
ProsLots of Line Good Drag Good Casting with Light Line
Chester Springs, PA
March 31, 2016
Great Shark and tarpon/ trolling reel
great reel for the money only downside was the plastic piece that goes around back of the rod feel off while in rod holder and went into the water.
December 1, 2015
Great Lever Drag Reel
This was my first lever drag reel and love it so hard. Same as the level wind version but the drag is a lot easier to use being a lever instead of a start. This reel is great for live lining and bottom fishing.
Cape Cod, MA
November 20, 2015
Corroded spools after one season
I purchased two Penn squalls this season (SQL50LW and SQL60LD) to replace my older Penn GTI reels used mainly for striped bass fishing. I have been very impressed with the reel performance but extremely disappointed with how both spools have held up after only one season. The spools quickly became corroded even with vigorously washing the reels after each saltwater use. My GTI setups remained corrosion free after 8+ years of similar fishing and washing patterns. I have always fished Penn reels exclusively because I know the reel will function properly and land fish for many years to come. Unfortunately, the materials used in the new Penn Squall reels just do not seem to be the same quality of older Penn models. This review has been posted on the Penn website, however, Penn seems to remove negative reviews of their products.
November 17, 2015
LOOKS AND FEEL CHEAP
DID NOT LIKE THIS REEL. DID NOT USE IT. LOOKED CHEAP FOR THE MONEY... PURCHASED THE TEKOTA 800 AND FOR MY USE I AM VERY SATISFIED
ConsFEELS and looks cheap
By Jimmy Team Cortezano
San Carlos, MX
November 7, 2015
Great reels but not without flaws
I own over two dozen Penn Reels including six Squall 60 LDs. They perform just as well as my Internationals but they are not without flaws. We troll naked ballyhoo for billfish with little drag and depend on the clickers to keep the line from playing out. The clickers break on these reels. I have sent three back to Penn for repairs and am getting ready to send two more. The "switchblade" harness lugs are a liability, not an asset. With a fish on, they are very difficult to pull out of their recesses and snap into--it usually requires help from someone else, especially with a big fish. I can't believe they were extensively field tested or these two defects would have been discovered. That said, they are my go-to reels for everyday use for sailfish and marlin because they are light and the drag holds up well. I have caught hundreds of billfish up to 600 pounds and they perform just fine. They are a good value but I just wish Penn would have spent a day on the deck of my boat during a hot bite. If they had, they would surely have addressed the defects in the clickers and eliminated the hideaway harness lugs. Without those problems, I would have given them 5 stars but I won't buy any more unless these defects are fixed.
ConsClickers break and switchblade harness lugs are a pain to use.
By Damon V Tomeo
July 28, 2015
Solid Reel So Far
Purchased this reel as an entry level reel for my new boat to start trolling for bigger fish off shore. So far has worked well no complaints would by more. Also have 4 SQL40 LD's and have so far bought in a 30 and 50 pound drum fish with them and also a 40-50lb Yellow fin. They have definitely exceeded my expectations.
ProsWorks well for the price.
July 16, 2015
Light weight yet every thing you would expect from Penn, every bit equal to the International series
Very pleased that I purchased this reel, I performs exactly as specified
ProsLight weight, yet rugged, the single speed at this point seems more than adequate for everyday big game fishing
ConsWish that the 50 held more line
Sky Valley, Ga
July 3, 2015
GOOD REEL FOR THE MONEY
Have been using for trolling and I like the loud clickers. I can hear them over my stereo on the boat as long as I don't turn it up too high. Drag is very smooth. Reel is very smooth. Have used them for some bottom fishing and they do a good job pulling grouper out of the wrecks.
New York, NY
May 12, 2015
Great for trolling or heavy bottom fishing
Have two of these spooled up with 100 lb Momoi Diamond Braid and they make for fantastic trolling reels, but I have also found them excellent for heavy bottom fishing setups for large grouper/sharks or live-lining big baits for big pelagics. As always, Penn delivers again on this one, and at the price, it's worth putting a few of these in your arsenal.
Boynton Beach, FL
April 28, 2015
great lever drag reel
Really good drag overall solid reel
Springfield Gardens, NY
October 21, 2014
comparing what i can do with this reel with it's price. definitely it worth it
By Angler Management
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
August 19, 2014
for the price, it's hard to beat
if you're a weekend warrior, and fish saltwater on a budget, these are the reels for you. For the price they perform well. If you fish every weekend and a lot, you may want to look for towards an aluminum product.
Prosdual clicker is cool, strong drag
July 10, 2014
Penn says it all. Defiantly for the price it is excellent! I have had no issues with my squall. I've had it for about 7 months now and use it heavily every weekend. I spooled mine with 700 yds of 100lb braid with 60lb mono backing. I use this reel for medium size sharks. 5-10 feet and had no issues with the drag slipping or locking up. My advice, BUY OT!!
ProsPrice, line capacity, Drag, and over all quality
ConsNone that I have found.
Palm Coast FL
March 29, 2014
Light weight reel for 40lb line
I mounted this reel on an ugly stick Tiger Lite jigging rod. Excellent fishing experience. Controls are easy to manage.and the light weight of the reel makes the combination a pleasure to use. I have arthritis in the fingers of my right hand. Nevertheless the reel handle was easy to grip and the light weight of the reel made it easier to balance the rod without a heavy reel flopping to one side or another.. As for cranking effort, the handle length is adjustable but I was was able to manage at the factory high speed setting. I didn't hook up with a "big one" so I had no chance t try out the drag system.
ProsLight weight, control placement, smooth operation, lever drag, reel capacity ,
December 26, 2013
Placed to the test!
Placed to the test and really performed under pressure!!
October 28, 2013
Great drag, smooth reeling with a large fish, and very easy to clean!
ProsLight, heavy duty, smooth.
By James Mathis
San Carlos, MX
September 30, 2013
Two major problems with design
I have almost two dozen Penn reels including six Squall 60LDs. Overall they perform well and are a good value. They do have two design problems which are significant enough that I will never buy any more. First, when slow trolling for billfish with live/dead natural bait on circle hooks using clips, you want to use no drag and let the clicker prevent backlash which will occur at initial strike. The clickers on these reels chronically fail. Second, the "switchblade" harness lugs stink. I don't know who thought this up but it wasn't a fisherman. They are impossible to hook up by yourself and difficult to use with help. With multiple hookups during a hot bite, help isn't always available. Penn needs to test such features with actual fishermen on the water before incorporating them in their products--the old fixed lugs worked just fine. Jimmy Mathis San Carlos, MX
ProsGood drag, good value
ConsClickers and "switchblade" harness lugs suck.
September 5, 2013
Nice smooth drag
Use these reels for trolling for kings and they have been great. Own a few now and they take salt very well.
Proshold up very well!
ConsNone... They are great.
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