I just bought a Daiwa Proteus 80 HF for $169 + tax. 8' rated 20-50. Will try it out Saturday with a Penn 25N.
I had that rod and sold it. Bought almost all the proteus rods as backups for friends to use. But they are always to busy to go. The limited time i used that rod i had a lot of fun with it. The backbone on the proteus rods is so strong that it kicks big fish's ass. The XHF would handle 80-100 pound BFT no problem.