It's true you can catch a fish on a hand-line, but it's also true that your fishing productivity is only as good as your gear. I've blown through (4) inexpensive reels before spending the money on a Penn Battle II 4000 saltwater series, and it has been worth its weight 10x over I've also picked up higher end lightly used gear including rods and reels, for a pretty significant discount, all of which still work flawlessly even thought they have some scratches and dings.
First Lady: Hobie Ivory Sand Dune ProAngler 14
Lowrance Elite 7 ti & Lowrance Hook 9
Minn Kota Endura C2 30lb Trolling Pro
Backup Babe: Sand/Dune Equinox Future Beach Angler 12
Lownce Elite 5 HDI & Kerrow composite paddle
Learning the Ropes & Living the Dream