Shimano gold trinidad 16 or Penn Baja Special?

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  1. steelfish

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    I have always liked the specs of the Penn Baja special (old model not the new USA senator) and always kept an eye on the classifies for getting one at a good price.

    but, recently a guy came to me to offer a used shimano trini16 gold model but in really good shape for really cheap since it was a gift from a friend and he dont fish that often.
    since I know a bit of reel servicing I immediately open the reel up, cleaned it and lubed it, I also put new carbontex drags there and the triniDC clicking dog mod, the spool spins like crazy now and have better guts, in short, it is better than how it came from the factory.

    so, what do you guys think, I better forget about the the baja special and use the trini 16 for the same fisheries or neither of those reels cover the place of the other in the water?

    both have plenty of braid line, Baja water on the north of cortez sea (BOLA, Gonzaga) dont carry monster fish so, do I better keep the trini16 or sell it and get a baja Special

    PS: my other go-to reel is a fathom 40 and calcutta 400TE for smaller fish and ligh rods.

    normal fisheries here as many as you know are: big sierras 10#, medium YT 15-20#, cabrillas 8-12# and a bunch of smaller fish.
     
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    Sounds like the Trini will catch everything you're after. The 113hn is more of a 40-50# yoyo reel.
     
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    Keep the trini
     
  4. drumford

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    Baja Special will do everything the trini will not. ....
     
  5. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    Like What ?
     
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    Well for starters, you can troll with the Penn...
     
  7. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    Well I still a newb so, why you can troll with the Baja and not with the trino?
    For the mine capacity, drags, ratio?

    Im trolling with the fathom which os bit much different than trini in ratio with no problem, may be Im doing it wrong
     
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    The Baja is a tank. Just a better overall reel. I am using mine for everything from bigger bait flylining, to deep yo-yo and trolling. Better drags, gears.
     
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    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    Point taken..

    That's why Im asking this..
     
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    Keep the Trini for flylining baits and casting. 16 is a sweet size.

    Then get a Baja Special for yo-yo or rebuild some Senators and upgrade them with power handles etc for trolling and save your Fathom's AR Bearing.

    You want to troll with a reel that uses mechanical dogs. The bounce and "throb" of pulling stuff constantly will beat up the AR bearing and lead to early failure.
     
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    now that's new to me, thanks compadre, I will use my penn 320gt for trolling while I get a bigger senator or the Baja, this really helped on the desition since I dont have a proper trolling reel, some of my friends troll with toriums, saltists, etc that why I though it was safe to troll with the fathom.

    well, since that I will have to save and get a Baja Special or get a 4/0 and upgrade to SS the guts.
     
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    People do troll with all of those fine reels (Torium, Saltist and Fathom) but they are beating them up more than they know. They really are reels for casting and retrieving and should be used conservatively.

    Something like a used Senator 4/0 lubed up is about a $50 investment, upgrade only as it suits you as it is adequate stock for trolling as long as the fish are running under 50-60lbs... That's what you want for trolling for years and years with the spray and such they get in the gunnel rod holders.

    Save the $200+ reels for higher purpose :) and keep them in the rocket launchers until needed.
     
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    Gotcha !!
     
  14. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    what braid line would you put on a trini16?
     
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    Probably 50 but some might do 60lb.

    For surface iron I would put 100 yards of 40lb mono on top of 50lb. For yo-yo I would put a short leader of 100lb mono over 60lb. On the surface you can let them run more. Fishing near structure on the bottom you want more "oomph" to snub 'em short.

    Just one way to do it. You can mix and match.
     
  16. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    thanks,

    the only available line I have at home is 80# but its too much for this reel size, I will go for some 65# which is more a normal size to find.
     
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    yea that will work just fine.
     

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