i live in northern california. i'll list 2 set up's that i would suggest.
dobyns rod - model 795SBMT 7'9" 1pc. 15-30lb, 1-5oz, Med/Hvy Fast Action Swimbaits, Mag Topwaters
awsome rod, kinda pricy, but worth it if you can spare it! this whole line of rods are kick ass! this rod was made for throwing heavy topwaters, specifically lunker punkers, awsome baits, 6 and 8 inch, plastic and wood $20-50 http://www.basstackledepot.com/black...kerpunker.aspx
for a reel i would go with a shimano curado 300 this reel has a high line compacity and is sooooo smooth! $250
for a more moderate priced set up i would go with an abu garcia revo s
$129 i own 3 of these and they are awsome for the price!
for a rod, i would go with a mojo bass rod
MBC70HFSlop-N-Frog7'HFast114 - 253/8 - 11/25.33$ 110
*MBC68MXFTopwater6'8"MX-Fast18 - 141/4 - 5/83.92$ 100
i prefer a medium heavy to heavy rod for stripers with topwater.
i have 6 or 7 other technique specific set ups, send me a pm if you have any questions. hope this helps!