Penn International 130H

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  1. F/V KRISTA MARIE

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    It this reel worth buying used and servicing? I plan on using it for Bluefin and I noticed it’s a single speed. Also does anyone know if the drag washers can be upgraded from the factory asbestos ones?
     
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    It all depends on the purchase price.

    You can send it to Cals speed shop and have it souped up. I can't remember the ratio on that reel, but I rarely shift into low gear. If I do it's only in the final minutes of a fight or if I feel it's tail wrapped. A god resource for this reel is the Alan Tani web site
     
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    Cool thank you. Asking is $200 and it’s in great shape.
     
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    Can't go wrong for $200
     
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    I would get that
     
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    Grabbed both of them. Does anyone know what the factory max drag are on these older 130’s?
     
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    I have a 130H and it will put out 40+ lbs of drag anyway - I never tested it for "max" because we set ours at ~35 or so on strike so that's all I cared about.

    If you look on scotts bait & tackle website for the 130H they list all the cross referenced part #'s - including updated drag washers to fit the original design:

    PENN 130H Parts List

    However also my believe is you can take the drags, gears, most of the guts, spools, etc.. from a 130ST (which is the 1 piece frame) and put them into a 130S, 130H, or 130L (which are the multi piece frame models, the S is a 2 speed built on the same frame as your H). In some instances you may need to replace extra parts to make it work but I believe you can take most of the ST parts and they fit right into the S/H/L frame.

    Jon
     
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    Agreed i have a 1030H and ive never felt the need for full drag. I set mine around 32-35lb of drag. Not sure where your out of but i use lukes reel repair out of kennebunk. People from all around travel to bring theyre 130s to him. Takes awhile but he does a great job.
     
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    I actually used Leaky’s tutorial to break them down. They have the original asbestos drag washers, so I ordered the newer Dura Drags to replace them.
     
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    I run 42 @ strike on mine. Never an issue. They can put out some serious drag.
     
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    caught lots of fish on the 130h - great robust reels. single speed is fine. i never shift into low using the shimano's... good call updating the drags. personally, i would put the shimano grip on there too..
    you stole them for $200.
     
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    It looks like a good deal and generally I'd trust Seaguar just like I would any major brand, do you know if it's spectra or dacron? Dacron is cheaper, still would be a good deal though. BTW I think I pay about $100 for 600 yards of jerry brown hollow and it gets cheaper in bulk - that is still cheaper than I pay per yard but just saying it's not outragously expensive either.

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    Full drag is 95 lbs. You will never need it. Make sure you heat the reel up before setting your strike #. Mine is set at 45 lbs. Back off the strike a bit if you are using live/dead bait and stationary. Move back up to strike after the initial hook up. My advice is to never put dacron on a 130.
     
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    Why no Dacron? Spool rot?
     
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    While we’re at it.
     

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    yes, plus hollow core you can splice so it makes it very handy for tuna fishing and you can also load up a reel because of the dia.
    JB TACKLE in Conn has tons of used international reels if you are looking to add to the collection. When it comes to your terminal gear stick to proven products because giants will find the weak link in your armor every time.
     

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