Lately I've been favoring a 3-4000 size spinning reel with 10# power pro to a barrel swivel with a 18" 30# fluoro leader to a snap. Only reason I use leader is due to the amount Lakers roll when fighting. When you're jigging it's a reaction bite and there's no need to worry about fish seeing the line. Heavy, stiff leader reduces the chance of your hooks getting tangled in your leader.
As for jigs I use bass pro xps freestyle jigs as they sink like a rock which is crucial when you're hunting down active fish and you need to drop right down on them.
95% of the time, an agressive pump jig is what I get the most strikes on.