All CNC Baitcasting Reel Manufacturer Is Downsizing… their Reels!

July 11, 2023
Tackle News Archive

Bates Fishing Co. produces high-end fishing reels and has made their mark in the fishing industry with a highly coveted CNC milled aluminum low profile 150 reel frame. Now they are taking their technological advancement to the highest level of detailed milling with a 5 ounce, 100 sized reel- The Hundo. In addition to the new size, is the introduction of a new cast control, the Matrix Braking System, which combines centrifugal and magnetic braking in a truly unique way.

The ICAST New Product Showcase entry will undoubtedly impress the most critical judge of quality. Bates has redesigned and skinnied up their popular 150 frame, all unnecessary weight has been reduced by including a milled reel seat, milled reel handle, lightweight style spool and even a milled spool tension cap. The tiny but mighty Hundo cranks out 14 lbs of drag in 7.1:1 and 8.1:1 gear ratios. The company firmly touts this is not a wimpy finesse reel; put on braided line and pull on a ‘real one’.

Bates Hundo

Introducing the Bates Hundo—roughly twenty percent smaller, one hundo percent Bates with the same quality and craftsmanship their customers have raved about since the introduction of the CNC milled aluminum frame baitcasting reels.

The Hundo features a gunmetal grey anodized aluminum frame, fully CNC’d from 6061-T6 bar stock on our 9 axis machine. To be sure there’s no gimmicks or simple metallic coatings, they have left a few of the machine paths roughed into the frame displaying their pride in the unique production.

Beyond just a smaller, 100 sized frame, this reel boasts a new dual braking system, Matrix Braking System, along with a shallower spool so finesse fisherman can easily dial in lighter lines and lures. Inside are upgraded internal components including lighter aluminum gears and improved bearings. A combination of 10 HAC Stainless Steel bearings plus 2 high precision NMB ball bearings, and 1 one-way Stainless Steel ball bearing. If your target species or preferred rigging demands a lighter, but more fine-tuned machine, anglers will be impressed by the Hundo.


  • 100 sized frame
  • 7.1:1 & 8.1:1 Gear Ratios
  • CNC precision cut 6061-T6 bar stock aluminum one-piece-body
  • 10+2+1 bearings
  • 28” per crank line pickup (7.1:1) & 32” per crank line pickup (8.1:1)
  • Adjustable dual brakes
  • 88 mm aluminum crank arm
  • Gunmetal grey anodized anti-corrosion finish
  • Custom neoprene reel case
  • Built to last (no plastic toys here)
  • 14 lb Drag


Weight 5 oz

Mono Line Capacity: 14 lbs / 100 yds, Braided Line Capacity: 30 lbs / 100 yds

MSRP: $375.00

Available: Ships to dealers 7/17/2023