Originally Posted by clint623
I would start off with a cheap $20 reel from academy so you can decide if you really want to use a baitcaster.
You could get an H20 Mettle for $50 or wait for them to go on sale for $25. For a beginner I suggest the Shimano Caenan, around $80. Great real. You know what they say, "once you go bait caster, you never go back!".
I had the same inhibitions, now a spinning reel feels awkward, like dead weight.