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Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels

Penn Fathom Star Drag Reels

by Penn

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.

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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
5 Stars based on 20 reviews
June 13, 2018
Great for surf
I have 3 of these. Strong drag and cast a mile. No complaints
By HKJonathan
New York, NY
January 9, 2018
Good bottom fishing reel
Bought it.for bottom fishing and it served that purpose well. Obviously it has no level wind so you will have to pay attention to the line lay will retrieving but otherwise no issues.
By pennfan400
Bradenton, FL
November 23, 2016
Fast spool great surf reel cast's well
I bought these reel for surf fishing on beaches for shark very lively spool but casts really well once you adjust the centrifugal brakes a bit. overall easy to clean loud clicker.
By Augustus
Philadelphia, PA
November 12, 2016
Great Reel
This is a all around great reel from fluke to tog can do it all I now own 4
ProsVery smooth reel well assigned great drag system
By bruce
coleman georgia
May 21, 2016
great reel!!
I got to use it snapper fishing in the gulf and hooked a very large shark 220# problems It replaced an ageing sealine h600 and i will be replacing the other five sealines also..
ProsGreat feature is defined click on the drag and spool tension knobs Smooth and strong drag presure
Consnone great reel
By Juan
New York
April 1, 2016
Great reel!
I've been using Penn for a long time and they hit a home run with this reel! The Penn Fathom FTH12 has a nice compact feel but loaded with enough power to tackle large saltwater species! Don't let the 6-1 gear ratio fool you, this reel packs a lot of torque. I recently winched in a 4 foot dog fish ( sand shark), 18 pound tog and a 23 pound cod. It handled the fish effortlessly. It's freespool is amazing, makes a great casting reel as well.
ProsCompact, castable, loaded with power.
By Michael
Pelham, NY
March 25, 2016
Great Bass/Blackfish reel
Use this reel for both Blackfish and Bassing on a Lamiglass rod - the reel is like butter, drag is great and completely capable of handling big Togs or 30+ lb bass.
By Jesse
Nipomo CA
March 2, 2016
Great reel for the price !!!
Smooth drag with plenty of power.
ProsIts all good
ConsGot nothing
By Tony
Pasadena, MD
December 1, 2015
Nice Conventional reel
Great reel for inshore fishing. Has a stronger drag system then the Squalls for fighting larger fish. Reel is smooth and handle is position nice for cracking down while fighting the fish.
By Alan B
September 28, 2015
Was pleased with weight, size and solid drag system. Bought for Blackfishing but broke in on sea bass and summer codfish. A lot of guts for a small non metal real. Looks like good value at this $$.
ProsLight weight but feels solid.
ConsNot yet
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
April 28, 2015
Sick reel
Good for bottom and live bait
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
April 22, 2015
trolling reel
this is my go to trolling reel for big dolphin and tuna in south florida
By Michael
Ottawa, Ontario
February 3, 2015
Great reel! Hesitation from free-spool into gear = normal
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,
Prosstrong, solid fast retrieve great casting, with free spindle looks great
Conswish they had a lefty, but can make due Penn should advice about noise and resistance when switching gears without line. Could cause "false-alarms"
By andre
, boynton beach, florida
January 5, 2015
heavy duty reel
this reel is great for just over $200. The drag is very high for the size of and allows this reel to be versatile for many types of fishing.
By Hong Guang
New Market, Alabama
November 7, 2014
great for surfcasting, good line capacity
highly recommended for the budget conscious surfcasting angler, does a good job and cast pretty far too!
10 Questions & 11 Answers
from New York asked:
February 11, 2018
I want to pair the fathom 40 with a rod primarily for diamond jigging and using live-lining bunker for striped bass and bluefish from a boat. Which rod do you recommend. 7-foot long or so rods are a good length to work around my outbords. Thank you.
1 Answers
I'd suggest looking into either the Shimano Tallus. St. Croix Mojo Salt, or Penn Carnage II.
on February 13, 2018

nigel joseph
from trinidad asked:
March 27, 2015
is this reel ideal for bottom fishing?
1 Answers
Hello Nigel. This would be an excellent bottom fishing rod. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
on March 28, 2015

from LA asked:
February 16, 2015
What is the max drag on these reels? The order chart says 25lb and in the video the guy says 30lbs. Also what does he mean by "cheating" with 80lb braid? Also is a bronze main gear better than a stainless main gear like in the Fathom lever drag model?
1 Answers
Brian, the max drag can range from 25 lbs with a full spool to 30 lbs with a low spool. He means that the reel can handle 80lbs braid when he says "cheating". The Bronze gear is a little stronger and little more corrosion resistant.
on February 25, 2015

from trinidad asked:
January 16, 2015
What is the best suited rod to compliment the Penn Fathom 30?
1 Answers
That really depends on how you will be fishing. From shore and casting? From a boat trolling or jigging or bottom fishing? We need more information from you to answer your question.
Customer Service
on January 19, 2015

from Woodstown, NJ asked:
September 1, 2014
I am torn between the Fathom and the Squall 15 star drag for a double duty surf fishing and boat reel. Mostly tog, fluke, and striper off the boat. And striper and blues from the beach using bait. I haven't picked any rods yet but don't want to spend a fortune as I will need two rods eventually. We will focus on the boat fishing first. Any thoughts on which reel to purchase for my intended uses? Thanks
2 Answers
For an all around, go with the Fathom. It has a better drag system and is more substantially built.
Customer Service
on September 2, 2014
The Fathom is a quality reel, no doubt about it! I just got mine, and is feels like a SOLID reel! Not to bad-mouth the Squall, as it is a great reel as well. There are just slight differences. The Fathom is built stronger than the Squall, but is a bit heavier therefore as well. The Squall does have "cast-control" on the #12, #15. So if that is something you need/want, than that can make a difference. Nutshell: Squall is bit more of a lightweight compared to Fathom, but does have "cast-control" Hope that helps
on February 3, 2015
from Ottawa

from Tampa, Florida asked:
August 26, 2014
Hey guys, I'm looking for a rod in the 7 foot range to pair with the Fathom 12. I looked at a few Shimano trevalas and was looking to see what you all recommended besides them. I am going to be fishing for smaller reef fish with it like snapper, scamp, grunts, black sea bass, porgies, triggerfish, etc. As it is, I fish for these fish with a penn international 965. My grouper rod that use is a shimano talica 12II and I would use it for these fish but, it is way too heavy. I'm looking to fish 30-40 lb braid for these fish. Thanks
1 Answers
Sean, thanks for the question.Take a look at these rods. Both are extremely light but powerful and would pair up really nicely with the Fathom 12 reel. GLoomis Pro-Blue (GLO-0225) 7' ,15-30# line. Lamiglas Inshore (LAM-0073) 7', 15-30# line.
Customer Service
on August 27, 2014

from San Diego, California asked:
February 17, 2014
I am looking for a good bait rod in the 8ft range to pair with the Fathom 15 and will also use it for occasional jigging because it casts so great. Do you have any recommendations? Fishing in San Diego area for Calico Bass and Yellowtail in and around the kelp beds and Coronado Islands.
1 Answers
The Penn Legion Inshore Casting Rods would make a great combo for this reel. I would recommend looking into the 7' medium through heavy models, depending on the size of the fish you are expecting to encounter.
Customer Service
on February 18, 2014

from old forge ny asked:
November 21, 2013
is this reel good for tuna fishing out of montauk ny i also want match it with a penn ally boat rod 5 1/2 foot long 50/100# also 80# powerpro thanks
1 Answers
This reel would be good for that. For 50+ pound fish I would recommend the largest model.
Customer Service
on November 23, 2013

k Hatch
from benicia, ca asked:
September 15, 2012
does this reel funtion ok using braid lines ?? will braids increase wear and tear ??
1 Answers
Yes, it is braid ready.
Customer Service
on September 15, 2012

from Santa Barbara, CA asked:
May 18, 2012
Where is it made, and what is it made of?
1 Answers
The Fathom Star Drag reels have full metal body and sideplates and are made in China.
Customer Service
on May 22, 2012


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