The Fathom Star Drag is constructed with a full metal body and sideplates and machine cut marine grade bronze main gear for exceptional PENN durability. The Live Spindle Design and internally adjustable centrifugal braking system ensure exceptional casting so whether you want to cast further or fly-line live bait with ease the Fathom is the ideal choice.

Live Spindle Design

The revolutionary Live Spindle™ design ensures exceptional casting performance. The improved configuration allows the spool to spin independently of the spindle and pinion gear, which significantly reduces friction experienced from the extreme acceleration of the spool when casting. Other reels using a “fixed spindle” design slow the rotation of the spool and reduce casting distance. Additionally the Live Spindle improves the retrieve of the reel because the spindle and pinion do not need to turn relative to each other during heavy loads, unlike a “fixed spindle” reels that result in a difficult retrieve and erratic drag.


By rearranging the sequence of the keyed metal washers and eared HT-100™ washers the reel can be set up for fishing a wide range of drag settings without additional parts.

Line Capacity Rings

Eliminates the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish. The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3rd, 2/3rd, or a full spool of line. Also if you respool often these lines give you a benchmark for backing your superlines with monofilament which will help eliminate wasted time and line.


Are you bottom fishing or trolling? Are you looking for power or speed? The Squall Lever Drag’s Versa-Handle system allows you to choose how long the handle should be in less than a minute (tools are included with each reel). Assemble the reel in the long position for more power or assemble in the short position for more speed.

Full Metal Body

A full metal body and sideplates keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads.



Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion

5 Shielded stainless steel ball bearings

Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet

Braid ready to handle the strain braid lines put on a reel

HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads

Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system: Configuration Instructions Here

Full Metal Body
Line Capacity Rings
Braid Ready
Infinite Anti Reverse
Live Spindle
Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Weight
FTH12 360/10 • 260/12 • 230/15 525/15 • 420/20 • 320/30 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 28(in) 15.5(oz)
FTH15 320/12 • 280/15 • 190/20 500/20 • 380/30 • 270/50 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 28(in) 15.6(oz)
FTH25N 320/20 • 290/25 • 220/30 650/20 • 450/50 • 370/65 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40(in) 17.9(oz)
FTH30 440/20 • 300/30 • 250/40 625/50 • 500/65 • 440/80 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40(in) 18.4(oz)
FTH40 350/30 • 300/40 • 220/50 725/50 • 600/65 • 525/80 5+1 25 lbs 6.0:1 40(in) 18.7(oz)
Fathom is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fathom I use the Fathom 15's and 12 on my heavy surf heavers. Love the cast. Long and smooth. Engaging the brakes is easy and efficient. I have never had a problem with reeling in sharks, stripers or red drum because the 25 lbs. of drag can handle everything that I have run into. I already have three and a may get one more. 
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Casting, Fast and Powerful I bought the FTH40. I use it for slide baiting Ulua (giant trevally) in Hawaii. On a 13 foot heavy pole with a 8-10 oz weight this thing casts smooth for over 100 yards. I use 80lb power pro. Absolutely love this reel and I can't wait to use it for trolling. Also... We landed a 150 pound shark from shore with the FTH40 so in case you're worried about the 25 lb drag... 
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fathom 25 This is the best all around reel on the market in my opinion. I took this out 3 weeks ago for a run on Albacore. They were all around 20-25 lb fish. I ran 65lb braid with a top shot of 40 mono. This reel was snapping necks all day long. I used it trolling and jigging. Lights out packing meat machine is the Fathom. Penn you did well!!!
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great quality reel after a lot of research I decided to buy the penn fathom 40 for my all around reel and I'm very pleased with the performance and quality smoothest casting reel I have owned I have it spoiled with 80 lb sufix 832 and I amazed at how far I can cast this reel great for beginners or experienced casters. a bargain for the price I own several penn reels and will stick with penn on my future reels love the quality and the price.
Date published: 2014-02-03