I think we discussed this last year, but figured I'd start anew and see if anybody had a favorite from last year, or something they're trying new this year.
I think I've found the nearly perfect combo for me, a Shimano Trevala XX-heavy 5'8" rod with a avet jx reel spooled with daiwa dendo PE-4 (55#) braid. The rod has great action with 10-16 oz jigs. It'll handle lighter and heavier jigs, but the 10-16's seem to be it's sweet spot. The jx is nice light 20 oz reel and can hold more than enough line, I have over 300yds of line and still needed backing to build up the spool. My only minor beef is the 15# strike, 20# max drag is a bit less than I'd prefer, 20# strike 25# max would be perfect, but then I'd need to go to PE-5 line and a more expensive and possibly heavier reel.
I got my wife the little sister to my rod, an X-heavy trevala with an old style sx reel. It works better with jigs down to 6 oz, but seems to get over loaded when you use anything past 12 oz.