So I'm in the process or about to get all new boat rods for my sled. I'm looking primarily at the XCF series, but have a few question before I pull the expensive trigger.
I know I'm gonna get probably 2, maybe 3 XCF 803s for kwikfish, bait divers and stern prawn spinner/herring rods. I know they won't backbounce very well, but do they fish well for sitting on the hook? Mainly for chinook fall, summer, spring with kwikfish, wobblers, spinners, bait, etc.
Next.... I was looking at getting 2 XCF 903's or 904's. Would like to use them for trolling herring (Lower Columbia, Drano, occasionally Bouy 10 divers, Tillamook, Willapa, etc), and then for downriggers up north and on the columbia for chinook. It would be a huge bonus if they could handle bait divers and kwikfish too as they would be used for that too. Haven't fished either the 903 or 904 enough to know which would be best.
And lastly..... looking at 2 XCF 1264 or 1265's. Mainly for herring bow rods and in downriggers. I know the 1264 works great for downriggers, but just not sure how it handles heavy leads or divers with herring. Vice versa, I know the 1265 handles heavy leads and divers good, but not sure how it works in a downrigger if its too much rod? Again, being able to handle bait divers or kwikfish would be a huge bonus.
So basically I'm looking for a 803, 903 or 904, and 1264 or 1265 that will handle handle kwikfish, bait divers, downriggers and trolling herring. Seems like there would be a combo that could do it all.