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Penn Squall vs Penn Fathom

Old 03-13-2019, 07:39 PM
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I'm trying to decided between the Squall and Fathom. I'm looking at the 2 speed lever drag model for both reels. I'll be using it in South FL for Kings, Black Fin tuna, and trolling for dolphin. What is the difference between the two reels and are there any major pros and cons that set one reel apart?
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:08 PM
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Squall has a carbon fiber body/frame. Fathom has a metal frame. Bottom line is the squall MAY torque under extreme pressure, less so for the Fathom and it's metal frame. For your application, the Squall would be fine
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:13 PM
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Hex hit the nail on the head, for your application the squall is fine no need to spend the extra $$$
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:53 AM
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I've used both and got rid of all Squalls for Fathoms. They seem to be a much smoother and reliable reel. Also, for what you are using them for, I don't see any need for 2 speed. I would use Fathom single speed for the fish above.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by b1gdog83 View Post
I'm trying to decided between the Squall and Fathom. I'm looking at the 2 speed lever drag model for both reels. I'll be using it in South FL for Kings, Black Fin tuna, and trolling for dolphin. What is the difference between the two reels and are there any major pros and cons that set one reel apart?
The Squall is absolutely perfect for your application.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:32 PM
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I have several squalls and for me they work fine and I'm basically using them for the same targets as you.
I honestly do not fully understand why or when a 2-speed is really needed. Can someone explain?
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tsunami7 View Post
I have several squalls and for me they work fine and I'm basically using them for the same targets as you.
I honestly do not fully understand why or when a 2-speed is really needed. Can someone explain?
I use it for big bottom dwellers that hold tight to structure. Low gear lets you "winch" the fish in, instead of lifting the rod up then reeling down. It's especially good for women and children because all you have to do is turn the handle and your not "pulling" the fish to the boat with the rod. I find it most useful on big amberjacks but I also use it when I'm fishing for Mangrove snapper. They hold tight to the structure so I'll start at full drag and low gear when I hook them, then I back off the drag and go to high gear and fight them the "traditional" way once I get the off the structure a little bit.

This video shows how much easier it is to turn the handle in low gear, even though he looks like retard reeling so fast. You don't have to lift up/reel down in low gear, you just reel. Skip to 08:50 to see him catch a small grouper sing low gear.....


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