all of the quality reels are expensive new in the box. Look in the classified section for a used reel in like new shape. I have 3 brands. Lexa 100, 200, 300 and 4-400s so I like them I have the trnax 500 and fish if for everything over 40 pounds the Okuma I have is a smaller 200 size that I used for bass and halibut in the bay also a nice reel I think for your hard earned dollars Lexa is the way to go for a all around reel for fish upto 40 pounds (tuna, Yellows) cheers
Lexa 400hd would be a good reel with a 8’ #20-40 rod. Keep your eye on the classifieds and Facebook Marketplace. Suggest you keep in mind it’s always good to send the reel out to be serviced so you know it’s mechanically 100% and ready to go and put fresh line on it.
what about a Shimano Curado? I have a 200 & 300 size I use for bass fishing in the Channel Islands. Been using these models for about 20 years. Pretty much indestructible and can handle a surprise yellowtail or white sea bass
+1 for Komodo 364. 400 size was too big a frame for my tastes.
Can't go wrong with a Calcutta 400 either. I bought one off eBay fucking FILLED with mud (unbeknownst to me or the inexperienced seller) but I gave it a good clean and fresh bearings (plus the anti reverse bearing was fucked) and it's good as any of my reels now.
I also enjoy St. Croix Mojo rods, there's a 7'10 1-4oz stick that throws 5"+ big hammers nicely, and I caught an island seabass on it a while back. I think it's like $130-150. I also recently purchased the 7'10 1/2-2oz mojo that's also a good swimbait slinger.
I wouldn't go cheaper than these suggestions. I don't see much need in going more expensive either.