Penn Fathom 25N Freespool Lever Jam

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  1. ZZZFISH

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    Hey Guys,

    I just bought a new Penn Fathom 25N and took it out on an overnighter to try it out. I noticed that when I had a fish on, the eccentric (freespool/lock) lever jammed and would take a good amount of force to release it. This happens when there's a small fish (less than 2lb) on there which surprised me. I talked to another guy on the boat and he was having the same problem with his Fathom too.

    Does anyone know how to get this problem fix? This is my first Penn reel and I didn't even get a chance to put it to the test against any yellowtail yet.

    Thanks,

    Jake
     
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    Mine too - had it for 18 months and caught some big snaps and groups with it. Simple solution, crank the handle forward a wee bit and it will shift like butter. This is not an issue with my Torque-lite 15-40's, guess big bucks get smoother reels.
     
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    Load [even 2 pounds] on the Live Spindle is the cause; easy solution is to slightly 'thumb' the spool backwards about 1/4 inch to take some of the pressure off. Once you get used to it, you don't even think about it.
     
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    I also had the same issue but learned quickly to thumb the spool.
     
  5. ZZZFISH

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    Thanks for the response guys. Will try it out.
     
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    I just bought Ftahom 25N and took it on a day boat to try it for some WSB. I was really surprised that with just a 10oz sinker (and no fish), I could barely move the freespool lever (required a lot of pressure). Don't have a lot of confidence that it will hold up well over time. I have the Fathom 15LW and I don't remember having such issues. I will try to thumb the spool next time - but it seems like a workaround a known issue?
     
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    shoulda bought a tourium moment.. i get those from time to time ...
     
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    The LW's do not have the "Live Spindle" feature, only the "non-levelwind" models have it.
    Much like you get used to manually levelwinding on non-LW reels, you get used to automatically thumbing the spool back, which removes the pressure.
    A minor tradeoff to get the degree of freespool and castability the LS gives.
     
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    I don't even notice anymore. You'll get used to it quickly. In addition to the live spindle you will enjoy having two dogs as backup if the ARB fails. Best reel in its class.
     
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    Good thing my fathom 25n is not doing that:)
     
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    My Fathom 25N have same issue too. I just used it one time and realized that freespool lever always jam. What's wrong with Penn reel. I used to have Daiwa Saltist 30H and never had this kind of problem. I hope Penn will address this issue soon.
     
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    Dude,

    "Load [even 2 pounds] on the Live Spindle is the cause; easy solution is to slightly 'thumb' the spool backwards about 1/4 inch to take some of the pressure off. Once you get used to it, you don't even think about it.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->"

    Maybe you should sell your Penns.
     
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    So your saying this is a normal reaction due to the live spindle design? I don't like how the consumer needs to make adjustments using new technology. Should be the other way around.
     
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    There's just about always some kind of tradeoff when new technology comes in. Much like level-winding with your thumb, you really don't think about this slight motion once you get used to it. A minor thing in order to get the dramatic improvement in freespool and casting performance the "Live Spindle" feature gives you.
     
  15. ZZZFISH

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    At the momment, it's a pain in the rear to make the adjustment as I do not have that kind of a problem with my other reels. This certainly wasn't the best impression that I got from my first Penn reel, but I'll give them a fair chance and still play with it until I can't stand it no more...
     
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    Replaced with a.......dang my shimanos gears just blew out the side moment
     
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    I tried to bounce a fish, and the whole pole went down when it jammed. almost got the deckhand with the rod. so watch out when you bounce one
     
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    so this is still the only method to release with easy the freespool lever?

    its a weird way to get away on this issue, I will try the "thumb" thingy method on my next trip but the jammed freespool lever really put me on bad mod the whole time on my last trip.
     
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    Correct, the motion becomes automatic in a very short time.
    The "levelwind" Fathoms and the "lever drag" Fathoms do not have the "Live Spindle" feature, but it is a small tradeoff to get the extra freespool/castability in the star drag non-LW models.
     
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    This 14-year old got the hang of it in a short time, using one of the demo setups aboard our PENN 5-day trip aboard the Vagabond. Nathan bendo.JPG .
     
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