Thanks for the great detail, I appreciate it! That's hilarious about the Ferry and claiming a spot...I run Suffix 832 Braided line on all my rods, for Jigging.
I run 30# then a 20# Fluorocarbon leader if I desire (Have caught fish with, and without the leader) while jigging.
I use that # for the reason "Archieup" mentions, "Others" If I do hook one, I can horse it a bit, knowing that the line is good. This helps me keep what limited control I do have, in control & sometimes, away from others. If I see the fish headed for another boat, (Usually the biggest A-Hole in the pack) I can try and slow him down, and get the fish to hopefully change direction.
Ugly stick Rod, and Shimano Spirex 4000 Rear Drag reel, 15# Drag Max. So Mathematically, The Reel would give line before the line would/should break. Nothing really special about the rig.
As for jigging tackle, the weight is allot like jigging for Walleye in concept. As light as you can while maintaining a vertical fishing line with the bottom. Muskegon Lake current picks up as you get closer to the channel. Last year there was a direct wind that was Perfectly blowing straight into the channel. The channel had 3 foot rollers. Days like that are the exception to any ideas I have communicated above
Closer to the channel the more weight you need, due to increased force of water going out. On some days I have needed 2 ounce when close to the channel, but away from the channel into the lake, and I have on a nice day, gotten down to 3/4.
1.5 seems to be a good #, in between, I usually have a 1.5 or a 2 on at most times. Mostly cuz that's what I have the most of for jigs.
Oh, and be nice to the Car Ferry. He really does not care if you have a Fish on the line, get the heck out of his way........
Which reminds me of the "Seen it all" stories.
Packed with jigging, Ferry starts coming in, and the "Rope Rodeo" starts. That is every one with anchor lines out, pulling up 50+ feet of anchor line to get out of the Car Ferry's way. Every one moves. when he is gone, every one goes back to their respective spots (Most of the time) well these two guys decided they were in each other's spots and it was an entertaining time listening to them argue about who was where, and who was there first. they must have went on for an hour.