The reel that I love and recommed to anyone is the 525 Mag and the abu 6500 C3CT. These reels are great. You can cast real far and dont get many birds nest if you configure the reel correctly. I use the penn 525 mag on a 9ft breakaway rod and it cast very well. The good thing about that 525 mag is the magents on it that help prevent those birds nest. The gears and the drag on the 525 mag are real nice and can handle anything in the sound. The abu garcia is also a very good real and cast cast very well but the only thing is that the drag is small but if you know how to use the reel you can bring in any fish.