Penn 113H

Outhouse

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Feb 13, 2007
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Germantown, TN
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Jon Scobey
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Titanic
I have a 20+ year old Penn 113H reel that looks brand new. This thing had been used one time in 1987 for bottom fishing and then put on the shelf. A year ago, I put new drag washers in it. I know these reels have had lots and lots of good service, but for LR fishing, what is its "Place"? Also, what is a good "cheap" rod for it? I figure to use htis as a backup so I don't want to spend a lot of $.
 

HTA

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Oct 18, 2005
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Dan
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When I first got mine we ran down to the East Cape catching stripers and sails with it. Stock frame was a little teeaked so put a tiburon frame on it and never had a problem again. It has seen action at guadelupe for yellowfin and yellowtail both on bait and I still use it as a backup for yoyo fishing. My friend Raul used the 113h and a torium at Cedros last year and had a blast catching yellows on the iron. The reel was put on a Sabre Stroker CTS 665 HC 6'6" which was purchased at the Fred Hall Show a few years back for $39.99 as a Big 5 Sporting good sale. Its loaded with 65lb spectra and a 40 or even 50 lb mono topshot. In my book its a keeper.
 

terryc.

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Mar 12, 2006
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Terry
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20 ft. Marlin cc
I have one on an old 6' 6" Fenwick Pacificstick with a tib frame I call it old faithfull It has a place on all my trips and does see a lot of yoyo action the stock gearing works fine Added an Accurate handle a few years back. Newbies allways kill with it.
Terry
 

Outhouse

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Feb 13, 2007
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Dan, Aren't the tiburon frames around $100? Any other components to replace?
 
Sep 16, 2007
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steve huth
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mike's-bill's good to have friends
just install a accurate or tiburon frame with a set of HT100 drags with stainless steel drag washers. I like to put a very lite coat of cal"s grease on the HT100 to make the drags smoother. you can find frames on ebay all the time.
 

PescadorPete

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Nov 4, 2007
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Pete
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Hobie Revo13 (LJ), American Angler (SD), Success (PV)
My reel is 12 years old and still going strong. As a minimum I suggest the Tiburon frame ($80). To trick it out, I added Smoothdrag machined steel drag washers (more drag) and the Tiburon handle (more comfort). For the past few years, I had the stock gears in it so it made a great bait reel. I found a set of Accurate 4:1 gears last year so on my fall trip, I switched it over to a yo-yo reel. It was a killer on the yellowtail. I like the wider spool (instead of the narrow YT special) since the line is moving faster more of the time. As far as line goes, I keep mine old school and simple, loaded with a 1/4# spool of 50# Big Game.

You might notice the harness lugs are also gone. They just get in the way when the line starts flying off the reel. I made a scribe mark on them using the end plates as a guide, cut them off with a hacksaw and then smoothly filed them down until they matched the curve of the end plate. I thought they might corrode since they were cut but the alloy seems impervious to the salt water.

There seems to be no end to this. This winter I made a new yoyo handle using a Progear power handle shaft and an alantani knob. This feels better in my hand - we'll see what the yellowtail think next time I get out.

I have lots of 'bling' reels but I always give my 113H time at the rail. Its fun driving the classics, too.

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Outhouse

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Feb 13, 2007
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Jon Scobey
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Titanic
So Pete, you obviously think investing $80 in a 21 year old reel is worth the investment. Do you have stock spool? Mine has an aluminum spool, I think. It is not graphite/plastic like the newer ones.
 

alantani

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Jul 24, 2005
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alan tani
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grady white tournament 19, grady white journey 258
it's a great trolling reel. casting small baits is another matter. the stock drags can be greased and deliver a reliable 20-25#'s of drag. this makes the reel suitable for straight 50-60# mono with 15-20# of drag. it is not a truely spectra worthy reel, but that's ok. for what it is and what it does, i think the venerable 4/0 penn 113h is one of the best values around.
 

SpikeCB22

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Aug 7, 2006
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not Jon Miller
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Caught my only 200lb black seabass on one. The fish made 6 or 7 runs and the drags are still fine.