Re: What reel?
I would give that cortland endurance reel a shot. If you don't want a large arbor reel you can pay much less, but I think they're worth having. Really helpful if a fish runs at you, and also when you need to reel up all your slack line to move spots. Also keeps the line from being in such tight coils which can help it float! (seems strange that spending more on a reel could help your line float better, but it really does)