Penn Fathom Star Drag
The Penn Fathom star drag is lightweight, quick on the retrieve and extremely castable due to its revolutionary Live Spindle design. The revolutionary Live Spindle design assist the Fathom SD in long cast. A Full Metal Body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads, and the powerful HT-100™ drag system will stay smooth from start to finish.
There is always a Penn Fathom reel that should strike your fancy. If you are looking for a downsized and lightweight aluminum reel then either the FTH12 (15.5 ounces) or the FTH15 (15.6 ounces) should be good to go. Like all other members of the new Fathom family of star drag saltwater fishing reels, they feature a stainless steel reel stand, six stainless ball bearings and that same lighting fast 6:0:1 retrieve rate. These two little sisters have a smaller profile and correspondingly downsized footprint. This means they will retrieve only 28 inches of line per crank when either dancing a jig vertically in the water column for blues or stripers, or when working a popper horizontally through a rip. This is still faster than most competitive reels in their class.
The FTH12 will hold either 360 yards of ten-pound mono, 260 yards of 12-pound or 230 yards of 15-pound mono. When using braid, she’ll hold 525 yards of 15-pound, 420 yards of 20-pound or 320 yards of 30-pound braid, which will unlock her massive 25 pounds of max drag.
The FTH15 model features a slightly wider spool that will increase line capacity for both braid and mono. My favourite FTH25N offers the aforementioned larger diameter side plates that will up the ante to 40 inches per crank of the adjustable power reel handle, but its “reel” strength is that it packs a huge amount of braid into a relatively compact package that’s only 17.9 ounces.
The narrow spool FTH25N will hold either 650 yards of 20-pound braid, 450 yards of 50-pound or 370 yards of 65-pound braid. This should allow you to handle some really tough customers with plenty of run-stopping drag and enough line capacity to get the job done (even with large pelagics on the menu). From my field testing, this micro-sized, sturdy, machined aluminum reel casts like a dream and stops ‘em cold when the time comes to settle an argument. With 425 yards of 50-pound braid and a 25-yard, 60-pound mono top-shot, I am ready for just about everything, including jigging tuna and tilefishing the canyons.