PENN® Fathom® Star Drag

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  • Full metal frame and sideplates
  • Marine-grade bronze alloy main gear
  • Precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear
  • Live Spindle design
  • HT-100 drag system
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
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.
PENN® Fathom® Star Drag
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    PENN® Fathom® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    360/10 260/12 230/15
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    525/15 420/20 320/30
    Bearing Count
    Max Drag lb
    25lb | 11.3kg
    Gear Ratio
    Retrieve Rate
    28" | 71cm
    Reel Size
    Reel Handle Position
    Braking System
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse

Product Reviews

PENN Fathom Star Drag is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 48.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value out there. I have the FT 40 and love it. From 60 pound amberjack to 8 foot sharks to big mangroves, this reel handles it all. The drag preforms great at both cranked down and light if you are using a light leader. Super smooth casting. Very fast retrieve (nice if you are fishing very deep water and or jigging). While it's built light, it's super solid and doesn't flex. I've beat the heck out of it and it still acts like it did when it was brand new. I love that it retrieves 40 inches of line per crank when I'm in 200 feet of water. Looking forward to trying out the new two speed fathom for digging big grouper off the wrecks.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to cast. Well made and high quality. I bought my Penn Fathom FTH15 last year. I only use it for saltwater fishing here in Socal. It is an excellent, reliable reel. I use it with only two spring activated brake blocks popped out and can cast it over 100 yards with a 5 oz torpedo sinker and a piece of squid (15 lb.Test Big Game mono with a 50 lb.Test shock leader) on an 11 ft surf rod without a backlash. I am not an excellent caster but this reel is awesome for long casts. I use it on the beach and always get sand on / in it but I just give it a light freshwater rinse and it hasn't given me any problems nor has it gotten corroded. I've caught from mackerel to bat rays on it. Good all around conventional reel.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing reel I caught 120 lb tarpon with this reel on a lightweight penn torque jogging rod. I couldn't believe how strong it was. Caught multiple 50lb reds, huge amberjacks, reel is a tank.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All metal, star drag reel. I've been using the Penn Fathom 15 & 25 on my charter boat since early last season. They stand up well to the rigors of saltwater and have a lot of power in a compact little package. The Fathom 25 spooled with 50- pound braid bested my best striper last year of 48-pounds.
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from waited til this year to review. bought this reel last year and never had a chase to get big fish on it. well now i have. 25lb yellowfin tuna and it is everything i could ask for. great drag. took yellowtail with it ,too. excellant reel. smooth. great combo with my carbw700ml rod which i rated last year. keep up the good work at penn. next, fathom 2spd! tried to add photo but can't. would love to but can't.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Anti-rev dog posts snapping; Poor customer service Purchased a Fathom 30 and loved it! Used it for bottom fishing 5 times in 1 year and 2 months and had no complaints. Last time out I hooked into a fish and heard a loud snap from inside the reel and the anti-reverse no longer worked. Once I got home I removed the side plate to find that both posts that the anti-reverse dogs sit on snapped from the frame!! Obviously a gross manufacturers defect I called Penn service to discuss my options for repair only to be told "sorry you are out of our 1 year warranty and there is no option other than you paying full price for the repair." Since I only had the reel for 1 year and 2 months I figured I could possibly get a discounted rate, considering its obvious this was a Penn issue. I explained that I am a loyal Penn user and fish with nothing else, and in return basically received a very poor (and rude) experience. Asked for a quote for the repair and it was going to be nearly half of what I paid for the reel! Ended up purchasing the parts myself and did the rebuild simply to save $80. I love Penn...but this might change things...
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reel. Fathom 12 Star Drag Really good reel. Casts great, smooth drag, and caught some nice fish on it. Got a nice 27-30 lb Yellowtail on it with no problems. If you are trying to take the reel out of gear under tension, "cock" the spool back or release tension on the reel to throw it out of gear.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Penn Fathom 25N Originally bought with Peen bluewater Carnage rod for Butterfly jigging however I quickly learned it can do so much more. I have used this set up not only for jigging but also have hauled many big grouper and snapper off the bottom in the Florida Keys. The only Knock against this set up is the rod. It splintered a little bit already at just over 1 year old (photo Attached). That being said the reel is bulletproof
Date published: 2016-02-04
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