Penn Fathom 25N Video Service Tutorial

ReelSpeed

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Alright guys, I have been waiting a long time to bring you this reel tutorial. This is one of my favorite and most exciting reels that I have seen in a very long time...The Penn Fathom!

I really think Penn hit it out of the park on this reel. Let's go through the list:
* Light Aluminum Frame (17.9 oz on this model)
* Free Floating Spool for maximum freespool
* Brake system to aid in casting
* Instant A/R Bearing + Double A/R Dogs!!!
* Carbon Fiber Drag w/ 25Lbs of stopping power
* and most importantly of all...this is one of the most "serviced" reels from a factory that I have seen in a very long time. Penn has done an excellent job of adding marine grease throughout the reel to help keep the corrosion down.

I just don't know what you can put in front of me to compare with this..They have every feature of any competitor in its class, plus more and at the same or much better price. The only thing I might ask for is a swap-able lower gear ratio option..but most reels don't have this anyway. And a little more grease in the non-spool bearings.

Ask any customer of mine which reel I recommend and you would hear them say the Penn Fathom. "Buy it, and Fish it"!

Tell me why again are we waiting on Newell to get their act together???

When I was finished with this reel, I timed out 4:30 of freespool! I think that will do!

Okay, back to the tutorial... Here is a link to the schematic: http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/content/purefishing/407-FTHSD25N_Rev_0


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johndtuttle

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not crazy enough yet
Thx for that. Probably worth a note that the AR Bearing should be kept free of Marine Grease and only light oil (ie Corrosion-x) be used to protect it.

thanks again.
 

JSR

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aaron
besides interchangable gears
what separates the fathom from torque
 

tunanorth

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aaron
besides interchangable gears
what separates the fathom from torque


Penn Torque vs. Penn Fathom [non-levelwind models]
7+1 ball bearings vs. 5+1
Stainless pinion gear AND stainless main gear vs. stainless pinion and bronze main gear
Machined aluminum frame and sideplates vs. diecast aluminum frame and sideplates
Forged aluminum spool vs. diecast aluminum spool
No cast control vs. centrifuge brake cast control
Choice of 6 sizes vs. choice of 5 sizes
Choice of 2 "stock" colors [black or gold] plus custom colors [upcharge] vs. black only
Made in USA vs. offshore built
 

JSR

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why North
do they show 32" retrieve rates for the torque
and, 40" for the fathom
shouldn't they be the same
the 40 w/switchblade lugs and interchangeable gears (not mentioned)
has my interest
what's the size of it comparably
 

tunanorth

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why North
do they show 32" retrieve rates for the torque
and, 40" for the fathom
shouldn't they be the same
the 40 w/switchblade lugs and interchangeable gears (not mentioned)
has my interest
what's the size of it comparably


"25" and "25N" are not the same size.
The 25 [available in TRQ only] is about the size of a classic Penn 140/Newell 235, and is a smaller sideplate diameter than the 25N.
The 25N is about midway in width between the classic Penn 501 and 99 sizes [Newell 322/332].
Oops, I did forget about the switchblade lugs, but they are on the TRQ40 size only.
Also forgot about the 3-position clicker on the TRQ [all sizes].
Versa-Gears take up a whole quarter-page of their own in the 2013 print catalogue.
 

JSR

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so does that apply to the 40
 

tunanorth

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JSR

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well, initially i gathered they (the fathom)
from your description
had a different heighth dimension
but, now, i can see the retreive rate varies due to
"versa drag"
or, a different gear
as a 6 to 1 torque pulls in 40"
but, 32" @ 4.8 to 1
so, no difference @ same gear ratios
versatility resides w/torque
 

kelp_bass

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Great work on the video , nice reel indeed .thanks for the post.