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Penn FTH40NLD2 Lever Drag 2-Speed Reel

Penn FTH40NLD2 Lever Drag 2-Speed Reel

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Price: $299.95

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Mono Cap.
Braid Cap.
BearingsMax Drag @ StrikeMax Drag @ FullMax Drag @ SunsetGear Ratio (High/Low)Line Retrieve High/Low (in)Weight
523 lbs.28 lbs.40 lbs.H: 5.0:1
L: 2.5:1
42/2125.7$299.95 USD
Penn Fathom Lever Drag 2-Speed Reels have a gear train machined from stainless steel and drilled out for weight reduction, offering the perfect combination of strength and speed. Fathom Lever Drag reels use Penn's Dura-Drag material, which contains a special Phenolic bonding agent that prevents premature breakdown of the carbon fiber material while providing a barrier to water. Each drag washer is pretreated with a special compound developed by PENN engineers to ensure smooth drag performance.
  • Full Metal Body and sideplates
  • Forged and machined aluminum spool
  • Stainless steel main and pinion gear
  • Dura-Drag washers virtually eliminate hesitation,even under extreme drag settings
  • Quick-Shift 2-speed system
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Double-dog ratchet anti-reverse
  • Line Capacity Rings
5 Stars based on 24 reviews
By Nathan
Los Angeles, CA
Penn got much better!!
September 18, 2019
I was always skeptical to use Penn brand for conventional reels and rods.
But Fathom is very reliable and sturdy reel.
ProsDurable Smooth free spool
ConsKinda heavy
By Jackie
Great Light weight kayak reel
August 19, 2019
i use this reel out here in Hawaii and its awesome
By DS272
Northern California
Great reel!
July 8, 2019
I was able to take the new reel out for its maiden voyage. Worked better than expected. Will be buying another in the near future.
ProsDrag system worked better than anticipated and having the two speed makes the reel perfect!
By Tony
SF Bay Area and San Diego
Great reel!
June 18, 2019
This reel may not look as fancy as some of the other comparable ones out there, but it is terrific. Very solid, powerful, *very* smooth. Two-speed in/out function is fantastic. I would definitely buy this again!
ProsSee above.
ConsLooks a little dull, but who cares, really!
By DJ A.
Not graphite its die cast alumin5
May 1, 2019
One of the reviewers claims the fathom 2 speeds are graphite. His name is Allen B I believe.
As a huge fan of Penn reels, I wanted to make sure that false information wasn't being used in the very informative and trustworthy Tackle Direct product reviews.

By DJ A.
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Great reels with a great price!
March 5, 2019
I use penn squall 30vsw 2 speed reels for my trolling spread (8) and fathom 30ld2 (4) for bottom fishing. And my spinning reels for sight fishing are penn slammer III's (4). Over the last few years, penn has really stepped their game up!
These fathom 2 speeds so far have been bullet proof. Over 2 years of fishing them offshore and zero issues. Always rinse your gear with fresh water and keep them properly lubricated. Thx penn!
By Ross
Macungie, PA
Awesome reels!
November 20, 2018
I have 2- Penn FTH60LD2 Lever Drag 2-Speed Reel, 2 - Penn FTH40LD2 Lever Drag 2-Speed Reel, & 2 - Penn FTH25LD2 Lever Drag 2-Speed Reel. These are great for their price!
By allan
Not the biggest fan of graphite reels
October 16, 2018
You probably won't be able to see it, but graphite reels do flex, and every time it does it throws the gears out of alignment slightly, causing them to wear faster. A graphite reel will break before a machined aluminum one will for sure. I know graphite is extremely strong, but not in this case because graphite flexes just like in poles. Aluminum reels and even graphite fishing reels and rods generally last a while, but i would put my money on them. Having cousins with graphite reels complaining how when the caught a fish big enough, that the reel seized because of gears being out of place and eventually needed new internals quite fast.. This all being out of a few years use, but Nonetheless, much earlier problems than with an aluminum reel.

By sdc
Savannah, GA
Actually swiched order for FTH40NLD2
September 23, 2018
Using this for heavy jigging, bottom fishing and a little trolling. Filled it with 80lb PE. Good all around reel. If your going with a 1 rod setup, this is a good reel.
Pros2 Speed Narrow, good for jigging
ConsA little on the large size for some types of jigging
By Mark
Great reel
March 14, 2018
Strong, light and the 2-speed works smooth
By Mark
La Habra, CA
Only reel for every fishing application
January 14, 2018
These reels are low-cost-high-quality machines. They can be used for any application such as live bait fishing, surface iron, yoyo, etc.
By Santiago
Miami, FL
Most versatile
August 11, 2017
Love this reel. Use it for trolling and bottom fishing. Nothing this reel can't do.
By Mark
Demorest GA
Great reel
April 2, 2017
Very small yet very powerful
By Justin
Great multi-purpose reel
January 13, 2017
I use these reels for everything in the gulf, from trolling for kings, to bottom fishing for snapper. They hold up great, and the 2 speeds are nice
By Charles
Frederick md
Plenty of power
August 24, 2016
I bought 4 of these for trolling for large striper and red drum.
ProsThey easily hold 500 plus yards of 65lb braid You can quickly retrieve lines in high speed when you need to get them out of the way when landing a large fish. Plenty of power in low speed to reel in large stripers.
2 Questions & 2 Answers
Andrew Hauser
from CA asked:
August 16, 2017
Do your reels come loaded with spectra
1 Answer
As is with our policy mono is always free when you purchase any reel from us. Spectra however would have to be purchased but we would still spool it for you.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 17, 2017

from sarasota, fl asked:
November 6, 2019

What rod and line recommendations would you have in regards to line and a rod to pair with this? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems versatile enough to bottom fish and troll with this same set up. Is there a rod  that would pair well with this to do both?

1 Answer
 65lb Braid 

Take a look a Carnage 2 rods or OTI-FB58400A

Submitted by: Chris Renna on November 7, 2019


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