That reel has a good drag so no issues there. The rod is lighter than what I would use, but if you are happy with it, stick with it. I will say that charters have an incentive to go a little light in the rod department. The longer the fight takes and the harder it is to stop a run, the bigger the fish feels to the client. Also, the longer the fight goes, it’s more time with the rods out of the water saving bait. I am surprised how long of leaders you are running and assume that is the length you saw used on your charter. From playing with different lengths, I’m a firm believer that one the leader starts getting longer than 18” you start missing some bites. And for sinkers, I’m in the same camp as sureshot. As long as you have enough weight to get on bottom, it doesn’t matter if you are using 4 oz or 12 oz in the same spot. What matters is you see the bites when they happen and get the hook set.