Baja Special 113N Best Use

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  1. FishAcquisition

    FishAcquisition I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Am I right thinking the best use for this is as a #50 YoYo reel?
     
  2. rza007

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    I have 2. Very versatile reels. I have used them for yo-yoing, throwing iron, and fly lining deans. They are my back up 40# rigs. Tex.
     
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    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    X3 and I have three of them. I fish 40 and 50 and use them for 40 bait , with 50 I use them for Jigs, and. They're a bullet proof reel and you can move the right side plate 90 degrees at your choosing. The only issue I've heard of is some guys fishing at high drag settings have had the double dogs round off. I have had mine for maybe 10 years and haven't had this problem.
     
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    Epic 50lb yoyo reel. Also way back when, before we had 70-200lb tuna around I would frequently use mine as my slide and offshore jig reel with a megabait. Killer many school sized yellowfin with mine, but you are in for it if you hook a donkey on that reel. It's capable, but the question is if you are or not.
     
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    I have 2 of those reels used several times
    Nice narrow size reels
    Kencore freshwater rods if anybody has any
    Ultra light kencore rods i would like to buy them
     
  7. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Yes, anti-reverse pawls (dogs) are a little soft for my tastes. Had to replace mine. And yes I fished hammered drags for YoYo iron. Then sold the reel to replace it with Fathom 40NLD2.
     
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    The longest cast I have ever seen in person was with a Baja Special on an Ulua. With a crisp tailwind, Derek Waldman (2nd on the RRIII) bombed a 7X what had to be 140 yards. Yeah, he could probably do that with any reel; just mentioning it to point out the versatility.
     
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    Jig fishing is the best use. Baja Special with 50lbs mono (izorline Blue) and a custom Calstar GF 800H. You'll have a very versatile set up, you can long cast for surface or long cast up current for "yo yo" the bottom. One thing a must move the handle to long position for more leverage and don't worry about only having a single speed (You'll be fine). I'm a little old school. You can't go wrong with a Baja Special.
    I will always have a Baja Special in my arsenal.

    Fish On,
     
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    Good dropper loop set up as well, especially in a private boat rod holder scenario, no yellow or seabass has a chance against em. Also for inshore trolling they work just fine, minus the line capacity issue they are much beefier than a standard 6/0.
     
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    4/0 reels have stood the test of time.They,ve caught some really big fish very rugged and are easy to service and upgrade if you want.
     
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    AKSalmon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great reel for Alaska halibut!
     
  13. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    contact Tom of Cortez Convertion, he made a great upgrade for the Baja Special/US senator reels
    the whole antireverse assembly got upgraded and now you can fish the reel to the limit with no worries of the soft dogs and posts
    https://www.cortezconversions.com/product-page/penn-113hn-us113-senator-bridge-assembly

    currently is out of stock but contact him, he can even get your stock bridge and modify it
     
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    I have 3 , And all 3 are absolute Yellow Killers. Keepem clean and they'll forever.
    One of em had a plastic Star Drag , I had it replaced with steel one . We use
    50lb Big Game.
     
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    Xnth on yoyo and ground/bottom fishing...
     
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    on one trip used a baja and a jx 2 speed for yoyoing 15- 20 lb yellows. did put the jx in low during the death spiral during the battles. however side to side same size fish the baja was more comfortable to yoyo and to reel in the fish
     
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    Just set up a friend has never fished going on the Aloha Spirit tomorrow with mine on a SS6470 hoping he gets a tail
     
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    We pulled in an 80# BFT last month on mine with 60 mono on 80 braid on a private boat using it to troll. Worked bitchin. Bullet proof reels.

    Also, x100 for yoyo.
     
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    I have 4 that have been hot rodded with tib frames, drags and T bar handles. I love them mostly because they we were what my Dad and I used when I was a kid. Simple to tear down and service for us dummies. We don't have the fishery you guys have down south to put them to the test, but they will always be the main stay on my boat trolling for Albies up here. Great line capacity to leave a fish hanging while we clear lines and get a stop going,,,gregg
     
  20. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    if you had put tiburon frames on yours then you must be talking about the 113h 4/0 regular senator, not the 113hn Baja Special reel.
    Baja Special has a factory aluminum frame and its narrow like the YTS tiburon frame.

    113h reel is still an amazing reel, you can change the pieces like legos will all the current upgrades and mods.
     

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