The Penn Fathom Review
An experienced review, by Geoff Stadnyk. The Penn Fathom review with on the water feedback.
When it comes to the selection of fishing gear, nothing comes to mind faster than Penn reels. Penn has made its mark as an American household name, and is feared by fish worldwide. This Penn fathom review will include my personal use of the product.
My first experience with Penn Reels was roughly 10 years back, after I purchased the Penn International 955.
This proved to be an effective, sturdy reel for the lagoon style fishing I was using it for. Years later its durability helped sell me on the Penn fathom.
The Penn Fathom has proven its reliability and power to me time and again. Penn offers several models of the Fathom of which I use the star drag 40 wide spool. I would recommend every model depending on your needs.
Pros of the Penn Fathom Reel
-The lightweight aluminum frame balances well with most rods
-The drag is smooth, with a fine tune knob, and 25 lbs of maximum resistance beats many reels in the same class
-Penn parts are easily replaceable
-Penn upgraded their bearing system when they built these reels. I stood in the store and watched it spin freely for several minutes before it slowed, rolled back and forth, and finally found its center. Amazing!
-The bearing system makes them incredible casting machines
Cons of the Penn Fathom Reel
-The metal encasement isn’t as durable as aircraft grade aluminum models, but this is reflected in a lower price.
-The Fathom comes with high gear ratio, which may be ineffective under certain fishing conditions.
-There is a part recall on certain models.
Certain models of the fathom were having an issue with an inside plate that helped secure the bail. As a result the flip bail was slowly loosening until it became disengaged. Penn fixed mine via a local reel repair shop free of charge.
Review wrap up
The Penn Fathom has been a treasured addition to my fishing arsenal. I highly recommend this reel, and haven’t heard any negative feedback about it from anglers on or off the water. The effectiveness of the Fathom matched with its price make it a top value product in the fishing industry.
I welcome and encourage all questions/comments/feedback. Have your own review of this reel? Please let me know.