When jumping into the fishing game for the first time, it is important to have gear that is easy to use. And as far as a reel goes, there is no better choice than the Zebco 33 classic. To begin with, it has a closed face as opposed to an open face. This makes it easier to avoid tangles. You want a mess of fish, not just a mess. The Zebco 33 classic has a push button release, which makes it easy to cast. A gentle second push stops the cast without making a big splash (which you always want to avoid.)
The Zebco 33 classic has a metal and plastic housing, and comes with 8lb. test line already on the spool and ready to go. It is inexpensive and lasts for a good many years. Overall the Zebco 33 classic is a great reel.
A MUST for beginners, is to learn to live by the fisherman’s code: Early to bed, early to rise, fish like heck and make up lies.