Baja Special

Proudly made in Philadelphia, the Baja Special is an extremely powerful, smooth reel you can use for bottom-fish or deep water heavy jigging. Designed with the Baja angler in mind and modeled after PENN’s fabled Senator reel, the Baja Special’s bullet-proof design and durable components allow anglers to stop fish in their tracks day after day. The deep, narrow arbor considerably increases its line capacity giving that added piece of mind when you hook into a big fish.

Made In The USA

The Baja Special is built in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturing center. Our experienced crew has been designing and producing durable, high-quality reels in this facility since 1932.


Are you bottom fishing or trolling? Are you looking for power or speed? The Squall Lever Drag’s Versa-Handle system allows you to choose how long the handle should be in less than a minute (tools are included with each reel). Assemble the reel in the long position for more power or assemble in the short position for more speed.

HT-100™ Drag Washers

HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads

Baja Special


Machined aluminum frame with reinforced sideplates

Disengaging pinion design for extreme castability

Stainless steel main and pinion gear

6 stainless steel shielded ball bearings

“Double Dog” anti-reverse for never fail reliability

Reversible harness lugs

Made In The USA
Braid Ready
Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Weight
113HN 350/30 • 300/40 525/80 • 600/65 6 27 lbs 4.3:1 34(in) 28.8(oz)
Baja Special is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from go to reel for bottom fishing grouper and snappers Owned this reel for app. 7 years as I bought it shortly after its intro. and it is my go to bottom rod in the Bahamas and SE Florida from 40-600 feet of water. Alternate between 30lb. and 65lb. braid (depth and specie dependent) w/ mono top shot at times. Very narrow spool so it is comfortable to fish all day, including jigging, as the frame does not interfere w/ your forearm. Thrilled to see they are still in production, and have also caught yellowfin tuna up to 60lbs. w/out 1 issue.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Baja Special I have had one of these for a while and they are one of the best offshore reels ever...period! I am glad Penn decided to keep this in production. Tough to beat for jigging and bottom fishing for big fish!
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Baja Special This reel is butter smooth with plenty of cranking power and speed. I run 65lb braid with either 30lb mono or 15 yds of 30lb fluro top shot. This rig is a yo yoin machine tearing up tuna, rock cod, ling cod, etc all day long...can't beat Penn reliability either!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great workhorse bottom fishing reel It may not be gold and shiny, but this is the Go-To reel for bottom fishing. From New England cod to Florida grouper.  Rock solid and build to last. I have 6 of these and use them with both braid and mono. Star drag is perfect. No need to add a custom handle. Narrow spool is ideal. 
Date published: 2014-04-07