A buddy of mine was fishing the Cumberland here in Nashville and catching some good size Stripers. What would I need for a rod and reel to fish them? I am guessing my normal bass set up will be too light, considering he is catching 30+ lbers.
Are you wanting spinning gear or casting? Is he using lures and if so what type, or is he fishing baits?
IMO, a lot depends on how he's fishing, what gear will be a good choice.
I've caught many on bass gear, but nothing that big. 30" would be more like it. Biggest one I ever caught was while trolling lures and it was up around 40", but I have no idea how much it weighed. That was done with trolling gear, 7' heavy rods & conventional reels.
I've also caught them tossing some big lures, mostly when they're close to the surface. Some of the lures were topwaters, and some would dive but rarely did we fish that way if they were more than about 5 or 6 feet below the surface. When they were deeper, tossing bucktails or casting spoons, and vertical jigging with lead type jigging spoons, or what we called Trout Bombs is how we would target them.
We also would live line some various smaller fish, such as Spot or small White Perch. In other places they'll use Herring or Shad baits, Shiners, or whatever else might be available. The gear used can vary here too.
There's plenty of gear in both spinning and casting types to cover any method used for Stripers.