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Is anyone adding mags to the Penn Fathom reels yet?

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The fathom II 12 casting special is a great caster right out of the box and the mag has been setup perfectly.  Perfect drum reel as long as it holds up. 

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5 hours ago, animalbarrie said:

Return the 40, don’t even take it out of the box.   It’s too big of a reel for surf casting.   How much line do you really need?   You can spool the Fathom 15 casting special with 270 yards of 20lb mono.   I’ve landed big sharks and rays on a Fathom 12 with 16lb line.  Take a look at the Daiwa Saltist 30.  Holds a lot of 20lb mono and can pretty much handle anything you are catching from

the surf.   

One turn off was the fact that there were complaints about the mag knob digging into the wrist for the CS version, which means I’d have to order  couple of parts to get rid of it... Maybe it’ll be worth it.

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15 hours ago, hobbyisterisis said:

One turn off was the fact that there were complaints about the mag knob digging into the wrist for the CS version, which means I’d have to order  couple of parts to get rid of it... Maybe it’ll be worth it.

My buddy has one, the knob isn’t that bad.   You can swap it out for the flat knob on the regular fathom 15 gen 2.   Or you can get a saltist 30 and not worry about any knobs and get similar distance and more line capacity.   

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20 hours ago, Jim McFeeley said:

The fathom II 12 casting special is a great caster right out of the box and the mag has been setup perfectly.  Perfect drum reel as long as it holds up. 

They don’t make a 12 casting special, only a 15.   

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12 mins ago, animalbarrie said:

They don’t make a 12 casting special, only a 15.   

Yup no 12 CS. Just sent in a request to return the 40 and ordered 15 CS directly from PENN website. 40 was cheaper on Amazon by $80, so that was another reason why I chose it over 15 CS initially. Gonna put Ande 20lb mono and go from there. I have a Daiwa Sealine 50 and can cast without getting a birds nest, but can’t cast as far as I can with spinning gear lol. Hopefully the 15 CS will get me further when I need it.

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10 mins ago, hobbyisterisis said:

Yup no 12 CS. Just sent in a request to return the 40 and ordered 15 CS directly from PENN website. 40 was cheaper on Amazon by $80, so that was another reason why I chose it over 15 CS initially. Gonna put Ande 20lb mono and go from there. I have a Daiwa Sealine 50 and can cast without getting a birds nest, but can’t cast as far as I can with spinning gear lol. Hopefully the 15 CS will get me further when I need it.

Go with Berkley Chrome Spec in orange or Suffix Tritanium.   

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13 mins ago, animalbarrie said:

Go with Berkley Chrome Spec in orange or Suffix Tritanium.   

Less memory on the line? I’d def consider it if there is a good reason or two! Thanks for your input btw.

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3 hours ago, animalbarrie said:

They don’t make a 12 casting special, only a 15.   

Sorry its the  fathom II 12 sd. Has a mag with the small dial and will outcast all my other reels except tournament omotos. Its the same reel as the casting special just has the small dial.

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22 hours ago, hobbyisterisis said:

Less memory on the line? I’d def consider it if there is a good reason or two! Thanks for your input btw.

Less stretch, better abrasion resistance, and less memory.   If you want to go above Pro Spec look into Sakuma, that stuff is limp like dental floss.   I run Sakuma 18lb on my Fathom 12 and Torque 12.   

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On 7/31/2020 at 10:59 AM, Capefox said:

FYI: After unspectacular results with 2-6 centrifugal-brakes engaged, I added static mags to the Fathom II 40 and the results on the soccer field (casting 5 and 8 oz sinkers) were encouraging. Those good results continued into the windless first day of a fishing trip in the Bay Area. Then things went awry the next day when I was forced to cast into an onshore breeze. The reel fluffed very easily -- even with careful thumb control. After the third bird's nest in half a dozen casts, I stopped using the 40 and switched to using my Akios 757, which remained butter smooth and super easy to control for the rest of the trip (no bird's nests in 5 days). My Fathom II 40 now serves exclusively on a boat rod for yellowtail/dorado/ling cod. It's a nice boat reel but a poor beachcaster.

 

It is because the Fathom 40 is a boat reel, not a beach caster.

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On 7/31/2020 at 1:30 PM, hobbyisterisis said:

Damn. I just went back to Amazon to cancel the order after reading this, but it was shipped already. I was contemplating between Fathom II 40 and Fathom II 15 Casting Special, but opted to get the 40 for additional line. I bought the 40 strictly for the surf, to be paired with my 13' Ballistic rod. I have a feeling it's not going to end well.

 

For surf casting all you need is the 12 or 15 as the others mentioned.

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23 hours ago, hobbyisterisis said:

Yup no 12 CS. Just sent in a request to return the 40 and ordered 15 CS directly from PENN website. 40 was cheaper on Amazon by $80, so that was another reason why I chose it over 15 CS initially. Gonna put Ande 20lb mono and go from there. I have a Daiwa Sealine 50 and can cast without getting a birds nest, but can’t cast as far as I can with spinning gear lol. Hopefully the 15 CS will get me further when I need it.

 

Once you get comfortable with the Fathom 15 and get the settings dialed in you will outcast any spinner.

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