I think you're right on asking about correct 'tackle' to use. Type of bait is not so important, IMO. I would start with 12-15 lb flourocarbon and a very, very small hook (I like the little mustads). If you're getting broke off you can bump up the leader size. Presentation is key, so freeline your bait if possible or use minimal wieght. I think they like to see the bait flowing with the water with no resistance. It just looks natural. If your bait is just sitting still, and the current is flowing you might get a small guy to bite in frenzy mode but the bigger ones are very smart. Good Luck!