If you lazy and don't want to deal with bird nest like me, I recommend saltwater spinning reels, Shimano Socorro 5k to 8k, under $80, pretty much maintenance free, just rinse them off with lake water once in awhile or when you drop your reel in the mud. It cast very well and has good drag for the price.
Why do I go fishing? To catch a box of fish and/or some quality time under the sun. Thank Heaven I never fail fishing in Texas, catching box fish or plenty of sunburn.