PENN Fathom Star Drag Conventional Reels
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.
January 25, 2015
Good reel but has its limits
Bought a 40LW, and 2 - 15LW models. Great reals. I have caught 6ft sharks to some slammer reef donkeys on the 15's. Decided to take the two 15's down for some heavier fishing using 5 Oz weight and cut bait. First reel on first cast lost free line mid cast. Thought it was a fluke but put the reel up. Second reel also lost free line on third cast. Both are 3 months old only used a couple times and never been in water or sand. First reel back from repair. Reel was replaced and when I called to see what happened they said it was just replaced. I wanted to wait to send the second one in. Not the same service I have for the torques I own. But none the less they have been great reels when not used for casting heavy weight. Great looks, heavy construction, and great heavy drag. Smooth reel for the money. But it has its limits, first conventional to ever fail me on casting, even against the old garcia 6500. Should have kept them for surf fishing.
February 16, 2015
Love this reel. Solid as a rock. I have the 2 FTH15's and a FTH12..All are used for surf and pier on my heavers. Casting is smooth and distance is great. Awesome drag. Get a couple!
January 18, 2013
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.
October 3, 2014