Local Florida Fishing enthusiasts have turned their passion for fishing into Florida’s newest company with the upcoming release of the Osprey, a saltwater fishing reel that combines top quality, internal anticorrosive components with a light weight aluminum build.
“Our first thought was why not put a saltwater reel together that is lightweight and durable? Some lightweight reels don’t quite stand the test of time and conversely some heavier reels that do stand the test of time currently on the market. Until now, no option actually encompasses both of these key specifications, and is also offered for a reasonable price,” says co-founder, Ty Nelson.
The Osprey will be initially offered in the 3000 and 4000 size classes with plans for the company to introduce a 2500 and 5000 size reel in Spring 2017. All reels will boast a sealed carbon fiber disc drag that maxes out between 22 and 24 lbs; anticorrosive stainless steel and zinc gears to ensure longevity, and 10+1 EcoSealed Ball Bearings to keep that reel spinning smoothly time and again.
“About six months ago we set out to gather some market research about saltwater fishing reels. We had responses from novice anglers to tournament anglers to full-time fishing guides and everything in between. It quickly became apparent to us that there not only was demand for the product we intended to design, but there was clearly a significant gap in the market.”
Retail price is going to fall in the $150 to $200 range, but anglers can pre-order their Osprey today for $99.99 at www.floridafishingproducts.com by using the coupon code: SAVE50
“We want to offer the best deal possible on this initial order to get this reel into as many hands as possible because, at the end of the day, it is the feedback from fishermen that steers our business.”
Growing up on the water, co-founders Ty Nelson and Tim Sommer are both avid fishermen. Their experience as anglers and passion for the fishing is what fuels them and their company, Florida Fishing Products.
Ty Nelson has proven himself as an accomplished tournament angler over the past 10 years. Recently, he has made a name for himself in the kayak fishing tournament scene. He was awarded two IFA Kayak Angler of the Year Awards for the East Coast of Florida (2014 & 2016) and finished top-five in 10 of his last 12 events across the state of Florida. Additionally, he brings years of industry experience to the table working as a marketing intern for Hells Bay Boatworks throughout his undergrad career, and as a content creator and representative for numerous companies, including Jackson Kayaks, Rep Your Water, JL Marine Systems (Power-Pole), and Slayer Inc. Lures.
The guys recently fished their first tournament ever together and took third place as Tim has kept his fishing to recreational only. He has over ten years of experience kayak fishing and offshore fishing in
Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys. Tim is an entrepreneur at heart and loves to create products and services for people. His most recent success has been with his branding agency, Sommer Branding.
Ty and Tim are life-long friends, and are excited to combine their experience and passion for fishing to build Florida Fishing Products into a brand that will serve other fishermen for years to come. As experienced anglers, they understand what it takes to create quality fishing products, which is why they do everything with the angler in mind.
Check out this exciting new reel here: www.floridafishingproducts.com