Of All the Penn Reels you own which is your Favorite

steelfish

Baja Boy..
Oct 16, 2008
750
282
63
Calexico, Ca / BAJA,Mexico
Name
Alex
Boat
dos por favor
my Baja Special ( now that is upgraded with Cortez Corvertion bridge and sleeve and dogs assembly)
and my new favorite is the extra narrrow 113h frame from tiburon, if you think YTS frame (same size than Baja Special) was narrow check this out






cortez convertion bridge assembly (all machined SS) Vs stock floating dogs, ratchet, sleeve assembly

 

rancanfish

wow, how deep is it here?
Jul 5, 2004
428
156
43
Dublin, CA
Name
Harold Head
Boat
1971 BW Menemsha
Thanks Alex for posting Tom's Baja bridge pics. He deserves credit for his awesome work. If you are going to work a reel hard, as you know, his bridge is a must have.
 

swami 805

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 9, 2016
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3,100
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Name
Bill
Boat
sunk it
I have that up grade on my baja special too. Hard to pick just one but if I had too it would be a 27 monofil I pinched from my dad and put a newell kit on when they first came out. Dogshit slow, crappy drag but it would flyline a chovie really well. Caught a ton of calicos and bonita on it. Caught my first albacore on it too.
 
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steelfish

Baja Boy..
Oct 16, 2008
750
282
63
Calexico, Ca / BAJA,Mexico
Name
Alex
Boat
dos por favor
Thanks Alex for posting Tom's Baja bridge pics. He deserves credit for his awesome work. If you are going to work a reel hard, as you know, his bridge is a must have.
you know I love my two Baja Special reels, but found out that their achilles heel was the dogs material, dog posts and also the way the rachet, sleeve and and dog springs, work togueter.. all the antireverse assembly was good up to certain amount of drag, but the way we fish in Baja we were changing dogs and complete bridge with bent posts every season or two, now with that upgrade from SS material that problem is long gone.
that work needs to be known with the guys that love the Baja Special reel / US senator
 
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tj805

Member
Jan 26, 2012
326
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Los osos
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Tony
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19 arima sea chaser 12ft Livingston
I like my old squidder .
That's what got me into fishing .

Where did you get those hotrod parts for the Baja special ?
 

rancanfish

wow, how deep is it here?
Jul 5, 2004
428
156
43
Dublin, CA
Name
Harold Head
Boat
1971 BW Menemsha
Tony, go to Cortezconversions.com Prepare to be surprised with the number of old school reels you can beef up with his parts.

Now my Baja's are bullet proof as they get, and it's a drop in improvement! No fiddling with assembly.
 

tj805

Member
Jan 26, 2012
326
94
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Los osos
Name
Tony
Boat
19 arima sea chaser 12ft Livingston
Thanks for the link steelfish.
That seems to be one of the only weak links in the Baja specials .
Want mine as beefed up as possible .
 

RussC

Newbie
Apr 8, 2013
112
15
18
Clovis/CA
Name
Russ
Boat
Grady White 209 Escape
My first reel was a Penn 200 Surfmaster that I got for my 12th birthday in 1959. I had it completely rebuilt last year by Ken's Custom Reel in Oceanside. Over the years I bought many Penn reels for the simple reason, they were just about the only one that made good left handed reels in many sizes. The last Penn reel I bought was last year, it was a Fathom 2LDLH.
 
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Bite1

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May 18, 2015
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Mo Bunz
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Wednesday Cabrillo Beach
Fathom 12 star drag, hands down. 25lbs of drag and I've beat up a ton of fish with it as 20lb outfit.