I also use collarsless ballheads, 1/32 or 1/24 with #6 hooks. Sometimes when I get stuck on a rock, I put a bend in the rod held high by pulling the line sideways and pluck the line in hopes it will pop the lure free. I works 80% of the time when I'm using a light action rod. Otherwise I have to go to where the lure is stuck, reel down to it and push/jiggle the jig free. Never works when stuck on wood except the pushing part.
As far as casting and the retrieve, I routinely use a light action rod for ease of casting light jigs long distances of over 30', braid that has no memory to limit casting distance (even in a spincast reel), a 4# or 6# test fluorocarbon leader for a bit of line stretch and abrasion resistance and a reel with at least a 3:5 ratio.
As far as retrieve, lure design dictates the type of retrieve. The more subtle the tail motion when the lure is paused, the least rod tip action applied. Slow reel handle turns with pauses using light jigs, usually imparts lure action fish can't ignore. Using heavier jigs 1/8 oz or more, a more steady retrieve with pauses or a hop on bottom retrieve works for me.