Holiday Buying Guide: Bates Fishing Reels

Are you on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for the angler in your life? Look no further than the Bates Fishing Company lineup of reels! Whether they're a seasoned pro or a beginner, Bates has a reel to suit their needs. In this holiday buying guide, we'll introduce you to four exceptional options: the Bates Hundo, Bates GOAT, Bates EDC, and the Seaborn Salty reels.

Bates Hundo Reel

Ideal for: Experienced anglers, freshwater and saltwater inshore fishing, kayak anglers.

The [Bates Hundo reel]( is a workhorse designed to handle a wide range of fishing situations. Here's why it's a fantastic gift for your angler:

- Durability: Constructed with high-quality materials beginning with its fully machined, CNC aluminum frame, the Hundo is built to withstand the rigors of saltwater and freshwater fishing.

- Smooth Drag: Featuring a silky-smooth drag system, this reel can handle sizable fish without sacrificing control.

- Versatile: It's Matrix braking system allow the Hundo to accommodate different line weights and lure combinations, making it suitable for a wide range of fishing techniques.

- Lightweight: The Hundo comes in right at 5oz making for a fun and stress free day on the water.

- Saltwater Ready: It's corrosion-resistant, making it a perfect choice for those who enjoy saltwater fishing.

The Bates Hundo reel is a reliable and versatile choice for any angler. This reel will bring joy to your loved one's fishing adventures, whether they are casting lines in freshwater lakes or chasing the smaller game fish in the salty inshore.

Bates GOAT Reel

Ideal for: Enthusiastic anglers, those who love baitcasting, freshwater fishing.

For those who enjoy baitcasting, the [Bates GOAT (Greatest of All Time) reel]( is a true gem. Here's why it's a fantastic holiday gift:

- Smooth Casting: The GOAT reel is designed for exceptional casting performance, ensuring maximum distance when desired, as well as precision and accuracy with every throw.

- Advanced Features: It comes with features like adjustable braking systems and a custom cork grip, providing your angler with control and comfort.

- Durability: The GOAT reel is built to last, making it a reliable companion for many fishing trips to come.

- Versatile: While it excels in freshwater, it's also capable of handling various saltwater species, from bass to speckled trout, redfish and more.

The Bates GOAT reel is an excellent choice for baitcasting anglers who appreciate precision and control in their fishing endeavors.

Bates EDC Reel

Ideal for: Beginners, spin fishing enthusiasts, budget-conscious buyers.

The [Bates EDC (Everyday Carry) reel]( is perfect for newcomers to the world of fishing. Here's why it's an excellent holiday gift choice:

- Affordable: It offers an exceptional value for its price, making it accessible to a wide range of budgets.

- Ease of Use: Designed with simplicity in mind, the EDC, as with many spinning reels, is easy for beginners to handle.

- Lightweight: Its lightweight construction reduces fatigue and is perfect for anglers who want to keep it handy for spontaneous fishing trips.

- Smooth Retrieval: The EDC reel provides a smooth and reliable retrieval experience.

- Versatile: It's suitable for various types of fishing, from freshwater to light saltwater angling.

The Bates EDC reel is an excellent entry point for those new to fishing. It provides a reliable and cost-effective way to start enjoying the sport.

Seaborn Salty Reel

Ideal for: Saltwater anglers, in-shore fishing.

Introducing the [Seaborn Salty reel](, a specialized reel designed for the demands of saltwater fishing. Here's why it's the ultimate choice for saltwater enthusiasts:

- Corrosion Resistance: Built to withstand the harsh saltwater environment, the Seaborn Salty reel is corrosion-resistant to the core, ensuring longevity and performance, from its fully CNC’d aluminum frame to it’s brass gear and stainless steel components.

- High Line Capacity: With ample line capacity, it's ready to handle the challenges of hard pulling ocean fish, making it an excellent choice for targeting desirable near-shore species.

- Powerful Drag: The Seaborn Salty boasts a robust drag system, giving anglers the power to tackle formidable in-shore predators.

- Smooth Operation: The reel provides smooth and reliable operation, even in the most demanding saltwater conditions.

- Heavy-Duty Construction: The Seaborn Salty is built to take on the most rigorous saltwater adventures, making it the go-to choice for coastal game fishing.

The Seaborn Salty reel is perfect for saltwater aficionados seeking the thrill of landing quality catches in challenging marine environments.


This holiday season, give the gift of exceptional fishing experiences with Bates fishing reels. Whether you choose the Bates Hundo for a seasoned angler, the GOAT for a baitcasting enthusiast, the EDC for a beginner, or the Seaborn Salty for a saltwater angler, you can't go wrong. Bates reels offer durability, versatility, and outstanding performance for anglers of all levels. Make this holiday season memorable with the perfect fishing gift from Bates!