Penn Squall Star Drag Reels

Penn Squall Star Drag Reels

by Penn

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

Price: $149.95
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Mono Cap. (yds/lb)Braid Cap. (yds/lb)BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine RetrieveWeightPrice
6+115 lbs.6.0:128 in14.4 oz$149.95 USD
6+115 lbs.6.0:128 in14.6 oz$149.95 USD
6+120 lbs6.0:140 in18 oz$149.95 USD
6+120 lbs6.0:140 in18.5 oz$149.95 USD
6+120 lbs6.0:140 in19 oz$149.95 USD
  • Lightweight graphite frame
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • Externally adjustable magnetic casting brake on models SQL12 and SQL15 only
  • 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
4 Stars based on 14 reviews
By Bikash S.
Dhaka, Bangladesh
A good choice !
November 15, 2019
Light, small, smooth but a tough reel ... no doubt that this will last long like other Penn. Magnetic cast control expands versatility. Clicker sounds quite loud which I like the most. Using it with 7.5 and 8 feet MH Tica & Daiwa rod fulfil the match. Going to test it with Ugly stick catfish rod in river soon.
ProsLight weight... line capacity is quite big, more than enough. Well finished reel.
ConsNot noticed as yet.
Mamaroneck ny
April 20, 2018
Hope this reel is as good as my other ones
By James T.
East Haddam,CT
Solid reel
March 24, 2018
I own several of these reels and they are great for New England bottom fishing. They run smooth and in the years I have owned them I have never had a problem.
By Cliff
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 S.
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 H.
Kodak TN
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 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 D.
Littleton, CO
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.
By Robert
Pleasantville, New Jersey
Penn Squal
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.
By Jerry
Salemburg, NC
let the battle begin
March 30, 2014
I have two 15 squall star drag they are best casting reel that you need
By Viv
Lower Portland, N.S.W
Compact Powerhorse.
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.
By Jim
Clearwater, Fl.
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.
By Wayne
Houston TX
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 G.
New Market, Alabama
great surfcast reel
May 22, 2013
rugged & durable design, this is one for the hardcore surf angler!
By Mike
Melbourne, Australia
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
9 Questions & 8 Answers
Jack McKay
from Florida asked:
February 3, 2020
How would this reel do vertical jigging 
1 Answer
This reel will work. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on February 5, 2020

from ny asked:
August 25, 2015
you have left hand of this reel
1 Answer
If you wanted this reel in a left hand model, you would have to get it with the level wind feature. Here is a link to an example of a left hand model. Notice it says "LH" at the end of the model number. That means that it is a left handed model.
Submitted by: David on August 26, 2015

steve jackson
from uk asked:
April 18, 2015
Is the squall15 the same as 525mag and is it made in the usa
1 Answer
Steve, the 525 Mag and the Squall 15 are right about the same size. The Squall is produced in China.
Submitted by: Frank on April 20, 2015

from Dagsboro,DE asked:
January 18, 2015
Is this a good reel for wahoo and king fish trolling and bottom fishing ??
1 Answer
It will work, but we suggest going with a lever drag, 2 speed (PEN-1193) instead. Lever drag is better for trolling and the 2 speed will help lift the bottom species.
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 20, 2015

from dagsboro de asked:
January 16, 2015
is this a good reel for wahoo king fish and bottom fishing??
1 Answer
It is ok. We suggest going with the lever drag, 2 speed Squall (PEN-1193) instead. It is a better trolling reel for the Wahoo and the 2 speed will give you more lifting power when bottom fishing.
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 20, 2015

thomas newton
from cape may, NJ asked:
March 29, 2013
how diffucult is it to remove the spool and clean the bearings?
1 Answer
We recommend you send the reel to Penn to have this done. Schematics of the reels can be viewed at
Submitted by: Customer Service on April 4, 2013

from Brooklyn, New York asked:
October 16, 2012
Hey Tackle Direct! Are the only reels with the magnetic cast control in the Squall line are the Squall 12 & 15?

from singapore asked:
July 29, 2012
Is this reel made in US? and is the mag control by dial, switch or knob?
1 Answer
The Squall is made in China and the magnetic casting brake is an adjustable dial.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 30, 2012

Pete B
from Clementon NJ asked:
May 4, 2012
Is it necessary to put any kind of backing on the spool of a squall 15 before spooling with braid?
1 Answer
You always want to make sure when spooling braided line on a reel that it does not slip on the spool. You can either apply tape or a little bit of mono backing before loading up with braided line.
Submitted by: Customer Service on May 4, 2012


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