I like a medium heavy moderate action rod, a fast reel, 15lb copolymer. I throw it just about everywhere and play with the retrieve til I get a good cadence going, mostly this is slow. I use the fast reel because a lot of the time the fish will hit it and throw slack in your line, keeping it slow takes some patience but it's definitely worth it. And when I say I throw it everywhere I mean everywhere! I also paint (or sharpie in a pinch) all my blades except the white ones, I've never seen a bluegill with a shiny silver head and I'm betting the bass haven't either. This is a great time of year to throw them, but they can also be deadly in the summertime! And like anything else I keep the colors simple, I have white, white/chartreuse, green pumpkin, and black and blue, thats it. For trailers I like the lake fork magic shad, the zoom swimming fluke jr, keitech swimbaits, or a myriad of craw style trailers.