I've been fishing fresh and salt water for 44 years. I own Penn's, Shimano's, Newell's, Daiwa's, Mitchells, Abu Garcia's and more. I fish for bass, perch, crappies, walleye's, trout, pike, pikeral, muskie's, arctic char or tuna, halibut, yellowtail, kelp/samd bass, barracuda, and more in the oceans.
For freshwater fishing, the Pfluger President is a great reel for the price. It tends to perform more like a $100-$120 reel than a $50-$60 one. They have no backlash, stand up to heavy, constant use, are light, and come in a variety of sizes for Crappie to Perch to Walleye or Bass. If you're a on a budget, but want a quality set up, pair a President with an Ugly Stick and you'll have a great rod and reel for under $100, including monofilament, hooks, sinkers, and swivels.
If you have a few more dollars to spend, look at St. Croix rods and add a few Rapala's.
Yes, there are better reels, but not at this price, IMHO. Teach your kids to fish. They'll enjoy it for life, and they may have this reel for 20 years or more.
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