Fathom reels

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  1. fyermn

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    I am looking at purchasing a couple of Fathom reels. FTH25NLD2 & FTH30LD2. From what I see, the only difference is the with of the reel. The FTH 30 will hold more line than the 25, but they basically fish the same way. Would these reels be the GO TO reels for 30-40-50 lb. line? I still have a couple of Penn 113 Senator reels from way back that I use for that line application. Just thinking that with 2 speed reels, the Fathoms would be a better fit.
    Looking for Rods to use with the Fathom 40 ld2. 10 day trip in Late Sept----to Early Oct. All applications.
     
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  2. richardblufin

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    My 2cents get th 40ldN 2speed. You will be glad U did.
     
  3. hucklongfin

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    Yes, the 30 is just a wider 25. I have/use/like the fth25nld2 and use it for 40#. Great reel.
    For 50-60 I'd go with the 40nld2.
     
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    For the two reels to cover the 30 to 50lb range its hard to beat a Fathom 25nld2 and 40nld2. For 50lb fishing, the 40nld2 is a better choice than the 30, and the 40n further gives you the option of bumping up to 60lb line if needed.
     
  5. 2Rotten

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    I have the 30 ld2, used it last fall successfully on schoolie BFT with 50# JB solid and 30# fluoro top shot. We catch a Lot of Albacore in Oregon with Fathom 30 (single speed) reels, very nice.
     
  6. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    First off, figure out if you really need 2 speeds in any of those reels. I think many people jump the gun with two speeds like I did.

    If possible, go put your hands on all reels listed above. I ended up purchasing a (2) 25N, a 30, and a 40N during a sale from an internet dealer. Eventually sold them all off even though I loved the size of the 25N. I just don't see a need for 2 speeds on that size reel so I went with a 25N Torque star instead. Didn't like the size of the 40N, just too bulky IMO. The 30 was just a wider 25N.

    When it comes to reels I'm of the opinion "smaller is better and lighter" which equates to less fatigue at the rail. The balance of the rod and reel also plays a huge factor.

    I ended up with a 25N Torque star and in place of the 40N, I went with a Talica 12ii and got the capacity I lost from the 40N by going with Max Cuatro braid. Some people don't like MC, but it becomes a great equalizer when I want to fish smaller lighter reels.

    YMMV
     
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    I fish 30lb on the 25ld2 and 40lb on my 30ld2 at the islands for yellowtail. When I go offshore for BFT, I bump it up to 40lb on the 25ld2, 50lb on the 30ld2 & have 60lb on the 40ld2. Fathom reels are awesome...Best reels for the $$. Sell the Senators. New school rocks :skullbone :Zombie_Ro
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have the following:
    12 star - best 15-25lb bait reel, so easy even my wife loves it.
    15ld2 - 30lb tuna, really fun but SKETCHY on capacity for 50lb+ fish
    25n star - best casting jig reel Ive personally ever owned
    25nld2 - work horse 40lb-50 bait reel, when the foamer bluefin first showed up it used it for fishing a popper and killed a 75lb fish on a 10' rod very very easily. Also has worked shallow yoyo iron fishing.
    30ld2 - haven't fished it yet, but the plan is fishing it on jig sticks for foamer bluefin, filled to the brim with 80lb braid.
    40ld2 - PB tuna (~170lbs) on 80lb also a kick ass yoyo reel.
     
  9. bassman88

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    12: 20# bait
    25n: 30# bait
    25n: straight 40# mono for surface iron
    25nld2: 40# bait/FF/YoYo/dropper loop
    40nld2: 60# bait/FF/YoYo/dropper loop


    Good luck!
     
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  10. Postal719

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    What he said, except, I think,the Baja Special/US Senator 113N, are better than the 40N for yoyo.
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Agreed, if you have one yo-yo only feel, but the 40N is pretty good for yo-yo and keeps you in the game fishing for up to 150lb tuna (which is as pleasurable as waterboarding with a 113N)
     
  12. Postal719

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    Word! We landed an 85# BFT the season before last on the Baja and it was a bit of work for sure. 150#......no thank you. The 40N is certainly the better big game reel! Handled 125# BFT with the standard amount of work one would expect from a big bad ass fish on 60# line.

    The Fathom LD2 line is really, really good, especially when cost is factored in.

    Oh and one more thing, I very much prefer the 25n over the wider 30. The 30's just feel a bit too wide for me.
     
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    Now that we have discussed the Fathom reels, I have purchased the FTH40 ld2 reel. Now tell me what rods I should be using with it-----All types of applications. I will be on a 10 day trip in late Sept---to early Oct.
     
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    Rod rating 40-100. sweet spot 60, allows 50/60/80 top shot changes.
     
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    On a budget go look at Proteus 70XXH, great match for that reel. Ignore the stated rating of 40-60, it’s way under rated. If not price sensitive go pull on some UC rods and pick one
     
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    Fathom 25NLD2 on PCH 80XH Rod

    Fathom 40NLD2 on PCH 7’4” XXH Rod

    Both are the Best Bang for the Bucks Combo!

    FATHOM’s “Thrust-Bearing” and Price Point between $179-$220 if on Sale is Unbeatable.

    PCH’s Lightweight with Parabolic Action and for $150-$219 if on Sale is No brainer.

    PENN & OKUMA have Both Excellent Customer Service Too.
     
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    I put my fathom 40NLD2 on a UC 7'6 Predator.
     
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  18. Cago

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    Same here
     
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    Can the PCH 7’4” XXH handle 80? Or is it a 60 lb rod?
     
  20. 2Rotten

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    Ditto Cago and OneDay, really like my 7'6" UC Predator. I loaded my 40nld2 with 500 yards of 80# Jerry Brown line.
     

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