Having owned an SL 50 and still owning an SL 30 I like those reels. I strongly suggest a 7-foot rod for the 50....good YoYo and good bottom (Reds) rod length.
I second the 40 or 50 mono top shot on top of 50 braid.
BUT, if you are tentative about fishing, then all mono will work for a few trips....and save you money.
I suggest looking at BD classified for a good (20~50, or 30~50 pound rated rod) at 7 feet length.... a used Seeker classic, or other good rod, or look for sales in March by fishing stores.
With an 8 ft rod with a 30 reel (probabably a 6:1 gear ratio) with 30 pound mono line.... and ... a 7 ft rod with a 50 reel with 40 or 50 pound mono you are good for SoCal introductory fishing ..... from Reds to Yellowtail. The 30 reel / 8 ft set-up should cast well, has the drag for most fish, and should be much fun. The 50 reel is solid for YoYo or sinkers on the bottom also much fun.
Relax and enjoy fishing -- No need to over think it now.
There is time, after you are 'hooked' you can become a tackle 'hoo like me and many other responders.
I suggest deferring buying the metal frame reels until you are sure you like the sport -- and keep an eye on BD classifieds and store sales.
If you decide to go all in, then look for quality and durability with performance. Reels are always key, but until the fish get bigger rods are less critical, except for niche rods like jig sticks or spinning rods (no noodles).
Thanks for the informative reply, i really appreciate it.
As for beibg a tackle ho, i think in already there. I dont have a fishing lic. Never been on a boat. And so far ive accumulated a stradic 2000 w/ 6-12 rod (trout, ither small fish); corvalus 400, abu 5500 and daiwa millionaire 300 w/ 15-30 bass rod; anf lastly the above mentioned ocean combo for which i guess i need a second rod.
Oh yeah, and i dont know how to tie knots very well and dont know the difference between mono and braid.