Florida Fishing Products Reel Review [Osprey 3000 Analysis]
By: Luke Simonds on February 23, 2017
I just tested a Florida Fishing Product spinning reel called the Osprey 3000 so that you can see how it compares to some of the most established spinning reels on the market.
Just like all reviews, I’ll cover the pros and cons and have zero financial interest on the line if you do or do not decide to get one.
My goal in the post is to simply show you the core decision points that I use when selecting a new reel along with the respective performance facts that I uncovered once I actually got this new reel called the “Osprey” from Florida Fishing Products.
Florida Fishing Products Reel Review
When choosing a new reel, the top features in my opinion are:
- Smoothness in retrieving line
- Weight of reel
- Drag capacity and performance
So these are 4 core sections that you’ll see in this product review of the Florida Fishing Products’ spinning reel called the Osprey 3000.
And to give some insight into how this new reel (Florida Fishing Products itself is under 1 year old) compares to others, I brought in the following two very popular spinning reels for some comparison analysis:
- Shimano Stradic Ci4
- Penn Battle II
Let’s get started…
Osprey 3000 Smoothness Review
Of all the factors, smoothness is the most difficult to review with hard facts.
Because it is next to impossible to measure the precise smoothness of a reel for comparison to others… the difference is most often hardly noticeable in most cases.
And this one fell in line with the others with a nice smooth feeling retrieve as you can watch at the 1:20 mark in the review video below.
With the 10 ball bearings that they placed in this reel, the impressive smoothness should last a long time.
Smoothness Conclusion: The Osprey 3000 is a smooth reel.
Osprey 3000 Weight Review
As an inshore angler who uses artificial lures 99% of the time, I do a lot of casting when out fishing. So the weight of a reel is very important to me because a few ounces of savings in a reel can actually mean a lot after a full day of slinging and retrieving lures.
In order to test out the weight, I first weighed the reel without line in it so that I could see how accurate their online specs are.
Here’s what I found:
- Osprey 3000 Weight = 10.1 oz
And this matches what they show for this reel’s specs online (10.0 oz… within error margin).
Weight Of Osprey 3000 vs. Other Reels
In general, a 10 oz reel is on the light side for 3000 reels that have high drag capacity (next section).
So I loaded up some line on it, and then compared it’s weight with line (10.4 oz) to the loaded Penn Battle II as well as Shimano’ Ci4 Stradic to get some direct comparisons:
- Penn Battle II logged in at 10.4 oz too (but that was just a 2500 series… their 3000 would be more
- Shimano Stradic Ci4 logged in at 7.3 oz
Weight Conclusion: The Osprey 3000 is a light reel given its strength, but there are some reel options like the Ci4 that are lighter.
Florida Fishing Products Drag Strength
As an inshore angler who most often using light line for maximizing casting distance, I don’t consider drag strength a huge factor since I technically only need just a few pounds of drag strength with the line I typically use based on the 20% to 30% of line strength drag guideline.
But having a reel with a large drag strength is a big advantage because it’ll enable the use of heavier line if targeting a larger species whenever needed.
And seeing the listed drag strength at a whopping 22 lbs made me very curious to see it that was legit.
So as soon as I loaded the line one, I tied it off to a scale and had my brother Joe hold onto it.
And the result shocked me… not only did it go up to the full 22 lbs, it may have even gone higher because the line (15 lb PowerPro braid) I was using broke before the drag gave way.
Drag Conclusion: This reel has a very impressive drag strength!
Osprey 3000 Price
Like everything, price matters.
So we of course can’t forget to consider prices along with the pros and cons of any product.
Here’s where the Osprey compares to the others in terms of price:
- Osprey 3000: $179.99
- Penn Battle II: $99.95
- Shimano Stradic Ci4: $229.99
Price Conclusion: The Osprey is priced closer to that of the Stradic vs. the Battle II.
Florida Fishing Products’ Osprey 3000 Video Review
Here’s a video that I made which shows their impressive packaging as well as how the reel performed in the review testing:
The quality of the Osprey reel surpassed my personal expectations when I heard that it was made by a company that was so young.
It was great to see that Florida Fishing Products puts so much pride in their products as seen in the fact that they go the extra mile in packaging the reels in nice padded material.
And it’s compounded by the fact that they are very responsive to customer feedback in social media.
Although the price of the Osprey is higher than others like the Battle II, I found that its performance was much more impressive.
So it really all depends on personal preferences to determine which one is the top value.
To learn more about this reel and the new fishing reel company based in Tampa, FL, visit their website: http://floridafishingproducts.com.
If you have any questions about this spinning reel review, feel free to leave a comment below.