Updated Penn Fathom 25 N Star

Fincutter

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Hey guys. Have any of you fished the gen II Fathom 25 N star? If so, what do you think? From what I can tell, the only downside is that it's a bit heavier than gen I . The upside seems to be better drag and some sort of easy system to remove the side plate (similar to a Tranx 500?).
 
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Excaliber

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Rumor has it they also addressed the issue where you have to spin the spool in freespool back a bit before casting. That was one reason I sold my 1st Gen Fathoms.
 
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Fincutter

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Rumor has it they also addressed the issue where you have to spin the spool in freespool back a bit before casting. That was one reason I sold my 1st Gen Fathoms.
I had that problem too. Made me look like an idiot a few times when I tried to cast and the spool was stuck even though I was in free spool.
 

SouthBayKiller

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It also helped fix the issue of the eccentric pin popping if the reel is forced into gear when the line is tight.
 

Fincutter

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Sadly, I live in Chicago and can't just go down to a local shop to check them out. One thing that I'm wondering is if the easy side plate would offer the option of quick swap of an additional spool. Penn spools tend to be fairly reasonably priced but I don't see this one on the Penn website yet.
 

pmurphy

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I loved my 25n so much that I bought another for $109 on sale. Best casting reel I have ever used.
 

Baja22

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Just picked 2 up from a BD member and these things are pretty damn smooth
 
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FishRock

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Sadly, I live in Chicago and can't just go down to a local shop to check them out. One thing that I'm wondering is if the easy side plate would offer the option of quick swap of an additional spool. Penn spools tend to be fairly reasonably priced but I don't see this one on the Penn website yet.
Best bet is to ask this question on the Penn Reels forum and Steve will give you the straight 411.
 
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hucklongfin

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Easy access? It ain't your daddy's Jigmaster! There are still 4 or 5 screws holding on the head plate and 3 on the tail so I don't know why they refer to it as easy access unless you don't need to take the handle off too.
 

Baja22

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There’s no easy access on the 25N like the Tranx . It does have a cast control nob which I don’t care for because it makes the handle stick further away from the side plate . But man these things got some good freespool