The most classic size, the Penn Fathom FTH30 Star Drag Reel is Penn’s flagship reel in terms of affordability and performance. This reel performs many different functions, be it high speed jigging for yellowtail or amberjack or yo-yoing the bottom for cow bass or cod. The FTH30 has a Live Spindle Design with a free floating spool that makes casting jigs extremely easy, and the full metal body and sideplate design ensures your FTH30 will remain in mint working condition for years to come. Because of its wide stance, the Penn FTH30 will balance well on 6’6” to 7 foot heavy action rods, and will perform equally well for both jigging and bottom fishing applications. Here in the Northeast, the Penn Fathom FTH30 Star Drag Reel is a great diamond jigging reel as it has the capacity for 250 yards of 40# monofilament, as well as a massive 500 yards of 65# braid.
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I bought the FTH12 for use alongside my Shimano Talica for bottom fishing. I use it when I don't need the insane power of 80 pound braid. I filled it with 30 pound braid and use it more now than I use my Talica. I get laughed at all the time by guys with their 9/0 senators grouper fishing and, I catch just as much as they do on this little powerhouse reel. I went on an overnight trip and I couldn't put it down. I paired it with the Sloopster SLJ66MH. It has plenty of power and handled everything from 2lb porgies to a 40lb amberjack that had to be released. Great job Penn.