That Lew's combo sounds more like something for freshwater. I think the Veritas lineup is focused on freshwater, and the Lews certainly doesn't have the spool capacity for a larger fish that makes a run or two. Your first question is "Spinning or casting?" Many saltwater fishermen prefer spinning gear and can't handle baitcasters too well. Which is he? Once you know that, post your question on the saltwater forum and be sure to point out he will be pier fishing. They should be able to help you out.