PENN® Squall® Star Drag

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$149.95
  • Graphite frame and sideplates
  • Marine-grade bronze alloy main gear
  • Stainless steel pinion gear
  • Live Spindle design
  • HT-100 drag system
  • 6 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
The PENN Squall Star Drag is lightweight, quick on the retrieve, and extremely castable due to its revolutionary Live Spindle design. The revolutionary Live Spindle design makes the Squall one of the longest casting reels on the market. Powerful HT-100™ drag system can put the brakes on any big kingfish or yellowtail.
PENN® Squall® Star Drag
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  • MODEL # SQL12
    Availability:  Out of stock
    $149.95
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    PENN® Squall® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    270/12 230/15 160/20
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    525/15 430/20 320/30
    Bearing Count
    7
    Max Drag lb
    15lb | 6.8kg
    Gear Ratio
    6.0:1
    Retrieve Rate
    28" | 71cm
    Weight
    14.40
    Reel Size
    12
    Reel Handle Position
    Right
    Braking System
    Magnetic
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    HT-100
    Color
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse
  • MODEL # SQL15
    Availability:  In Stock
    $149.95
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    PENN® Squall® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    280/15 240/17 190/20
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    500/20 380/30 270/50
    Bearing Count
    7
    Max Drag lb
    15lb | 6.8kg
    Gear Ratio
    6.0:1
    Retrieve Rate
    28" | 71cm
    Weight
    14.60
    Reel Size
    15
    Reel Handle Position
    Right
    Braking System
    Magnetic
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    HT-100
    Color
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse
  • MODEL # SQL25N
    Availability:  In Stock
    $149.95
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    PENN® Squall® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    320/20 300/25 220/30
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    650/30 450/50 370/65
    Bearing Count
    7
    Max Drag lb
    20lb | 9.0kg
    Gear Ratio
    6.0:1
    Retrieve Rate
    40" | 102cm
    Weight
    18.00
    Reel Size
    25N
    Reel Handle Position
    Right
    Braking System
    Mechanical
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    HT-100
    Color
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse
  • MODEL # SQL30
    Availability:  In Stock
    $149.95
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    PENN® Squall® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    440/20 300/30 250/40
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    625/50 500/65 440/80
    Bearing Count
    7
    Max Drag lb
    20lb | 9.0kg
    Gear Ratio
    6.0:1
    Retrieve Rate
    40" | 102cm
    Weight
    18.50
    Reel Size
    30
    Reel Handle Position
    Right
    Braking System
    Mechanical
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    HT-100
    Color
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse
  • MODEL # SQL40
    Availability:  In Stock
    $149.95
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    PENN® Squall® Star Drag Zoom
    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    350/30 300/40 220/50
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    725/50 600/65 525/80
    Bearing Count
    7
    Max Drag lb
    20lb | 9.0kg
    Gear Ratio
    6.0:1
    Retrieve Rate
    40" | 102cm
    Weight
    19.00
    Reel Size
    40
    Reel Handle Position
    Right
    Braking System
    Mechanical
    Drag Type
    Star Drag
    Drag Material
    HT-100
    Color
    Black Gold
    Anti-Reverse Feature
    Instant Anti-Reverse

Product Reviews

PENN® Squall® Star Drag is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good versatile reel I have purchased several of these as well as the Fathoms and like them both. You can scale them down to handle smaller fish or put them on beefier rods to handle larger fish without a problem. As a charter boat I often use them deep dropping for various fish up to and including grouper and amberjack. They get a lot of use on my boat. I have run into occasional issues with the free spool lever so make sure that you clean and lube very good, especially if using in saltwater.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed! Some time ago I sold most of my tackle because I don't fish a lot any more; we're downsizing and moving into an apartment within the next several months, and I'm getting up there in age. I kept 2 rods. One a six foot casting rod for plugging and bottom fishing; and the other a 10 foot light surf rod. I am going to switch the Squall 12 between the two rods because I felt it would be compatible with both. Haven't fished with it yet, but I have practiced casting several times. Like the magnetic brake. It makes up for lapses in casting technique; but still gives me distance when I need it. I'll write an update after I've actually fished with it.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it so much got another one Nothing bad at all to say about this reel. Has the tourque you need to wrench fish outta wrecks and the capacity in the reel to get the bait there. Great system for the drag and the clicker is LOUD! I love it so much that I bought another one the squall 15 magged to fish from the beach with.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid surf reel, has withstood years of abuse I bought my Squall 15 star drag 4 years ago when I was chasing medium shark and big drum in the Texas surf. Two years of intermittent dunking in sandy surf, followed by two years on a boat pulling in 40 inch bull reds, snapper, and king mackerel, and it's still going strong.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reel for a good price This reel is my first conventional surf casting reel. I have used bait casters in fresh water for decades and have been using spinning reels in the surf since childhood. But I have not used them for long distance casting in the surf. Foolish on my part! The Penn Squall SQL15 was a great first reel to cut my teeth on. I have it matched with a Penn Prevail 12’ Heavy Surf Casting Rod (PRESF2040C12). The magnetic brake was great for helping me spend more time casting and less time unknotting backlashes as I learn to surf cast with a conventional reel. I started with it at a 10 setting and after a weekend of casts I have it down to a 5 setting. I can now cast further that I was ever able to with spinning reels. In fact I’m getting the entire 190 yards of 20 lb. test off the reel and will be switching to braid next season. I have caught only one fish large enough to feel the reel was challenged, a large sting ray, and it handled that fine. Only time will tell if it can handle the stress of heavier challenges but for now I am very pleased with this purchase.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Squall 15 is a Great Surf Casting Reel I've had the Squall 15 for two seasons to fish in the Southern California Surf targeting Sharks and Bat Rays. I was concerned if this reel had the line capacity needed for long runs, but 50lb braid backing and 100 yards of 25lb mono top shot gives me enough line to feel comfortable using for bigger fish. The magnetic cast control on this reel makes backlash non-existent. I did have a problem with clicker breaking after a year but that was a easy fix. If you want to fish a conventional reel without the concern of backlash this is the reel to get.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Surf Caster ! I have used many high quality surf casting reels, but this is my favorite. I get more distance than ever before. The SQUALL15 has NEVER backlashed on me (and believe me I have tried !) and this is the only casting reel on which I can make that claim. Backlash control is superb and the drag is excellent. By far the smoothest, most controllable surf casting reel I own.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great reel for surf casting. Spend a little time dialing it in and you will be good to go. Very easy to cast pleasure to fish with
Date published: 2015-05-06
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