Tim and I were born and raised on the water. When we were young, our parents would drop us off in Pine Island Sound with nothing but our kayaks, fishing gear, and a couple of sandwiches. Tim would often want to go grouper and shark fishing in the deep potholes, but I always preferred finesse fishing the skinny water for tailing redfish. At the end of the day, we’d meet back at the launch and share our stories of epic triumph and bitter defeat.
Not much has changed over the years. Tim spent the last few learning to build a brand and fill a cooler full of grouper with his pops in the Gulf of Mexico, while I traveled Florida selling a variety of products, documenting outdoor adventures, and looking for the next flat to sight fish for BIG Snook and Redfish.
In 2016, Tim gave me a buzz and suggested that we start a business together. Busy as I was, I shrugged off the idea. That weekend I entered the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour – Punta Gorda Event. After dealing with Murphy’s Law all day, busting all three of my spinning reels, yet narrowly winning the tournament, I had decided enough was enough. I called Tim and said, “alright I’m in. Let’s develop a true saltwater spinning reel.”
We wanted a reel that was light-weight, durable, long-lasting, and smoother than greased lightning, but the only reels that fit these needs cost a small fortune. Thus the Osprey Spinning Reel was born. We pride ourselves on creating products designed with the angler in mind. Florida Fishing Products are Designed by Fishermen.
Growing up on the water has given us an appreciation for the water. We were taught how to care for the water and learned how to fish the waters. It is our hope and desire to give back as much as possible to water conservation, and game fish preservation. We desire to help where we can when it comes to conserving and protecting the fisheries we have grown to love.
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