I use a 45 size cabelas depthmaster reel. I load a full core and end up using most of it at times. I don’t use a lot of backing, just enough to give a few layers of buffer. I use the regular ugly stick striper rods, medium power.
When using lead core here, I am always pulling a 3 way with a bucktail or swimbait on the bottom and a flutter spoon on the top. Most fish come on the spoon.