That being said I will try to lend a response if in fact it is a serious and heart filled post.
Although I have never fished fro salmon except at a grocery store. For Bass I would suggest either the Penn Clash 2500 or 3000 or the Shimano CI4 in the same series as noted for the Penn Clash. Both reels are the upper end of the price spectrum, ( the same being said for the entire list) and IMHO are excellent choices.
What kind of fishing does he prefer ? Freshwater or Saltwater ?? Next, does he fish from a pier or from a boat ??? If he goes after rockfish, ask those questions of the folks at “Anglers” on Rte 50 headed toward the Bay Bridge. Cabela’s has good advisors by phone.
When in doubt, get a gift card from Cabela’s or BassPro. Good luck.