Whether fishing the beach from a boat or on foot, it helps to have easy-casting tackle that can send your baits past the breakers. Okuma says its ALC Mag Surf reel delivers that performance. The machined-aluminum frame allows open access to the spool. And while aluminum does add some weight, it also offers a precise environment for the bearings and reduces frame flex. The star-drag ALC Mag Surf features a 6.2-to-1 gear ratio and a multidisc Carbonite drag system. Available in one nonlevelwind model — the ALC-20CS — the surf reel holds 190 yards of 20-pound mono and costs $139.99.