There are just two reels used in shore fishing – a multiplier and a fixed-spool.
For any novice taking their first steps in shore fishing, a fixed-spool version will offer you hassle-free sport, whereas a multiplier can be fast and difficult to control.
So get to grips with a fixed-spool with a front drag initially (rear drag options are mostly used in coarse fishing).
Again, opt to buy a budget reel that will match your rod. This means you can practise your casting technique without suffering any dreaded overruns that will certainly occur if you go for a multiplier reel for the first time.
Often, many tackle dealers will offer a combo option where the rod and reel can be purchased for a fixed price. This is ideal, especially if you’re fishing to a tight budget. Again, the tackle dealer can advise you specifically on your requirements.
TOP TIP: Choose a fixed-spool reel with a front drag that can be tightened fully before casting.
Buy a budget reel to match your rod