Depends where you'll be fishing. Lately alot of PBs have been targeting Ambrose Channel and you can easily need 8-12ozs of lead at time. 8' is a bit long IMHO but should work ok as a few guys I know like 7'6"+ rods.
Which rod is best? All depends on where you'll be fluking, how, and personal preference. For me I love light tackle bucktailing for the flatties so my rods range around that. I have a friend that makes me custom Graphite-USA rods. For me, I like the fast action to bounce thos bucktails. For dragging bait with heavy weight I have some slighlty slower action, beefier graphite rods.
Honestly, rental rods have been catching a lot of fluke lately on a couple party boats I know...go figure