the lure is the 3/16th oz YoZuri Sinking Pins minnow, and it was The lure on this March day.
Fishing the Little Cut slope, I could cast the width of the channel wading the center shoal, 2-3-second count down, and tourist trout impaled themselves on any retrieve.
The rod is Korean, NS Black Hole brand, Dark Horse model, a nice affordable finish level ($100).
But it's really a copy of a Japanese light game rockfish rod.
These actually match progressive fly rod tapers, but that gives you a wide lure range, 1/32- to 1/4-oz (some even wider), a soft tip that will protect the lightest line, and still a stiff butt for turning fish when you need it. You could build your own from a 3-wt fly rod blank.
Most US spinning rods, in comparison, especially UL, are short para-taper rods for small stream fishing, narrow lure range, and have most of their flex in the mid and butt - that's exactly where these long rockfish rods are fast and stiff.
The reel can be any UL with 100-yd capacity of 6-lb braid and a good 2-lb drag. I use these so extensively in the winter (especially the Arroyo), and began using them dock fishing with my girls a dozen years ago. For reels, I have Stradic to Japan-model Vanquish in these sizes. Unfortunately, the world is currently sold out of Stradic.
I've been discussing these with Blake, and I'll copy you on an e-mail I sent to him earlier...
And sorry all about the distraction to UL - we'll take this to pm.