1. do you need a special rod reel for using it? 2. do flatt line it, run off dipseys, run off yellow birds, down riggers? 3. what brand do you prefer?
Look for something with the 330's line capacity. I load mine backwards: first the 10 colors of leadcore, then 150' 30# mono(something to clip the board to that doesn't slip) then 150-200yds 30-40# braid then top off with more 30# mono. A full reel maximizes the retrieve rate.
It sounds like most who spend the big bucks love their Shimno Tekotas and would be 700 or 800 series for full core. Others rave about Okumas or Diawa Saltist. The less expensive Penn 309 will do the job.
Reels are an investment and likely will be used for many yrs so spend what you are comfortable with getting the best quality you can afford.
Now I just have to wait for west winds.
You could use back-to-bcak uni knots or an allbright knot if you prefer. You could even use a small spro swivel to join between the leadcore and leader. Just remember when tying leadcore knots, remove the lead from inside, and just tie with the dacron sheath. Welcome to the world of sore forearms!