If you are looking for a cheaper setup to introduce him to the salt scene, consider Ugly Sticks. I have caught 30# yellows on my Tigerlite/Avet SX combo. There are better reels than Avet for the money though, perhaps a Saltist BG30 or similar.
for a newbie Calstar WC 870 with a Shimano 15/30 or 20/40 reel' that's what I pick up for my son and killed a lot of fish with that set upSecond the WC Calstar 870
It covers a wide range of applications and has the backbone to handle a yellowtail or larger fish.
As far as reels, I like the Saltiga star drag 30T or 40. Problem is the price with those reels and finding them?