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 makes the Fathom SD one of the longest casting reels on the market. 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.


Revolutionary Live Spindle design is the reason the new Fathom Star Drag is the most castable reel in the market place. 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.

VERSA-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.

VERSA-HANDLE system allows the angler to choose how long the handle should be in less than a minute, tools are included with each reel.


  • Full Metal Body and Sideplates
  • Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardenend stainless steel pinion gear
  • Versa-Drag system with HT-100 washers
  • Live Spindle with free floating spool
  • Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
Versa Drag System Line Capacity Rings Live Spindle HT-100 Drag Washers Braid Ready Full Metal Body Versa Handle
Model Mono Cap
Braid Cap
Bearings Max Drag
Gear Ratio Line Retrieve


FTH12 360/10 300/12 230/15 525/15 420/20 320/30 5+1 25 6.0:1 28 15.5
FTH15 320/12 300/15 190/20 500/20 380/30 270/50 5+1 25 6.0:1 28 15.6
FTH25N 320/20 300/25 220/30 650/30 450/50 370/65 5+1 25 6.0:1 40 17.9
FTH30 440/20 300/30 250/40 625/50 500/65 440/80 5+1 25 6.0:1 40 18.4
FTH40 350/30 300/40 220/50 725/50 600/65 525/80 5+1 25 6.0:1 40 18.7
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