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  • Lowco

    May 17, 2017 Reply

    Dear Nikki and Jason,

    First, thank you for all the work you do creating an entertaining and educational show. I know that you pour so much into it and there is plenty of hate and jealousy out there, but know that we love what you do and appreciate it so much. That is why we support you.

    Now about fishing...we watched your latest show last night and saw you lose a fish. It appeared that a shark may have gotten the fish that was on your line. Next time check the end of the line to see if it was abrasion or more of a clean cut...I think when the shark attacked your fish it cut your line and you will see a clean cut with maybe some slice marks above it from where his other teeth touched the line.

    I would like to offer some tips on your fishing setup. The goals for the gear / setup will be reliability, simplicity and reasonable cost. I offer the following thoughts:

    1. Reel selection - You have choices: Spinning or Conventional: The spinning reels do not hold enough line for your purposes (600+ yds of 80 lb braid). Your current reel is what is called a conventional star drag reel. I would recommend a lever drag conventional reel. The great advantages of the lever drag conventional are: more rugged design (one piece frame), higher line capacity and the ability to accurately adjust the drag on the fly. I think you are best served by a lever drag. A couple options are: Okuma Solterra SLX-20 ($180) or Shimano TLD-20 ($170). You can upsize if you want more line capacity but I would not go any smaller. A tip: Tie the end of the line to the spool with a very good knot so that if some fish spools you that the knot at the other end will fail first and hopefully you get your line back.

    2. Line: You want a strong line so that you can land bigger fish without stopping the boat. You also want a small diameter line so that you can keep the reel size down and the weight of the reel manageable. I would recommend 80 lb braid. The big down side of braid is that if it tangles it is very difficult to untangle. Stick with a known brand like Power Pro. Be careful when letting the line out so that it does not birdsnest...keep a thumb on the side of the spool or use the drag to prevent the line from running out too fast. Buy your line in bulk and spool it yourself...keep tension as it is going on so that it packs tightly.

    3. Rod: Get a conventional rod with NO roller guides. The good ceramic guides will work just fine. Get something rated for 50-80 lb line. Suggestions: Sea Striker Billfisher Solid Glass Stand-up Rods SSR-0217 ($87), ANDE Stand-Up Rods TSU-0160 ($70), Star Rods EX529H Aerial Conventional Boat Rod ($80).

    4. Leader: If you want more tuna you need fluorocarbon leaders. It is expensive but it is invisible to the tunas. The best setup would be 20 feet of 100 lb leader with a micro swivel crimped to the end and then tie your braid to the other side of the micro swivel. This maybe overkill for what you want but it will definitely produce more tuna. Tuna have amazing eyesight and reaction times and this allows them to detect normal leaders and setups. If you just use regular leader I would suggest 200 lb monofilament and then for swimming plugs use about 200 lb single strand wire. Keep leaders about 5 to 6 feet.

    5. Lures: My best suggestion for an easy and productive lure is a deep diving plug. Rig it on a wire leader using haywire twists. Use an Aftco or high quality ball bearing snap swivel. This will get the lure down lower in the water column and is very productive for wahoo, tuna and dolphin(fish). The downside is that they are more expensive and not as durable and have treble hooks. I would suggest replacing the trebles with in-line single hooks (if you use regular single hooks the lure will not run correctly). A couple suggestions: Rapala® Sinking Magnum #22, Mann's Stretch 30+ Baits, Rapala® X-Rap® Magnum® 20...I like the blue and silver color.

    5a. Other lures: fancy lures are more about catching the fisherman at the store than catching fish. I would suggest looking at cedar plugs and sea witches. You can put several in a row (a daisey chain) with the largest size at the back or have 3 of the same size.

    6. Rod Holder / Safety line: The rod holder you have now would probably break if you kept the drag at full strike position and got a big fish bite. Also, you risk losing smaller fish with too strong a drag setting (you can just rip their lips off if the hook is not in a good place). When trolling apply enough drag pressure to stop line from running should not be too much too soon. Leave the clicker on to alert you to a strike and then run to the rod and push the drag lever up as needed. You should also use a safety line connected to the reel at the reel seat to prevent losing it. The pressure from an 80 lb outfit in full strike is pretty strong so make sure everything is strong enough to support it.

    7. Drag pressure: You want to fight the fish with 1/4 to 1/3 of drag pressure relative to line for 80 lb line that would be 20 to 26.4 lb. of drag. I would set the drag at strike at 26.4 lb with a vigorous pull after warming up the drag washers with several pulls at a lower setting. Use a hand scale (like a luggage scale or similar) but make sure it is reading correctly (you can use a bucket full of water with weight measured on a bathroom scale). Note that as the line runs off the spool during the fight the amount of drag pressure increase due to the smaller radius of the spool with less line. Properly setting your drags is important.

    8. If you are looking to trade some advertising for a discount you might have luck with Capt. Harry's store in Miami...they are not small but they are not a big chain either. Whichever way you go try to find someone that can help you with your purchases and guide you in what to buy.

    I hope this is helpful. I probably left you with a lot of questions so feel free to reach out to me in the future.

  • Jaclynn Stanek

    May 15, 2017 Reply

    Jason and Nikki, I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much my husband and I enjoy your videos. You two have such spunk for life and it's so contagious.
    Today I decided to make your delicious cookies and blueberry coffee cake, Very tasty....definitely adding these two amazing treats to my monthly menu. My family loved them both and want me to make them weekly (we really love sweets around my house...hehehehe). Nikki, I totally agree with you they both go great with coffee and tea (or it could be because I can't imagine life without coffee and tea ;) we enjoy great food and beer, it makes life so much sweeter. We have really enjoyed watching your awesome adventures and my husband and I plan to start our RV living and traveling in a couple years. We have to wait for our youngest son to finish high school and send him off to a dorm ;) hehehehe. Thank you again for opening the door and the adventures of your life.
    The Stanek family

  • David Syvertson

    May 14, 2017 Reply

    I have a question that you might have researched already. I see a number of boats that are on VRBO or Airbnb that are available. Do you know what the rules are in the US and Caribbean countries on doing this? Is it a B&B? Is it a Bareboat Charter? Is a Crewed Charter? In the US (I think) you need to be a Coast Guard Captain (6-Pack) to do it.


    • Jason Wynn

      May 14, 2017 Reply

      We have not looked into those so we couldn't say.

  • Jim Tanner

    May 14, 2017 Reply

    What software do you use to create your web page? You do a great job and I was hoping to try to replicate the flow.

    • Jason Wynn

      May 14, 2017 Reply

      Search for Wordpress Themes online, there are thousands to choose from.

      • Jim Tanner

        May 14, 2017 Reply

        Which hosting company? I'm trying Weebly right now (they have Wordpress theme)....just not that impressed with their build/create functions.

        Thanks again for sharing your adventure with us. I think your video's have moved up our retirement plans, so we can get out there and enjoy the RV life....Wynn's 1.0 (RV) vs Wynn's 2.0 (Sailing). :)

  • Hillarey voss

    May 10, 2017 Reply

    Are you going to write a book about your travels

  • Marcus

    May 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi, This fall we are starting our search for a catamaran, was thinking 36 to 40 foot range, but heard Jason mention that bigger boats may be better (to a limit I am sure). Dont they get exponentially more expensive? Is there a size where you really start to see diminishing returns (ie above 46ft) Also curious to hear how your electronic devices (ipads, pods, laptops, cell phones) are surviving life on the water? Thanks for all the information and videos.

  • Dennis Demeyer

    May 8, 2017 Reply

    Hey folks, great blog. I have devoured everything you posted regarding RVs and I have one question. I am trying you understand the relationship of solar panels to battery capacity. On your last RV you installed a 960w solar system but never stated the size of your batteries. To be clear, we are building a 40' fifth wheel which has the potential roof space to accommodate up to 14 panels which would be 2240w. I am trying to determine whether that would be overkill or if the cost is not worth the gain. Our goal is to maximize the power potential to help reduce our operating costs during our retirement. Any help or referrals would be appreciated.

    • Curious Minion

      May 9, 2017 Reply

      In the post on lithium batteries there are a few links to posts by other folks on solar systems:
      The first thing you need to do is to determine how much power you're going to need. Some solar install places can do an energy audit for you or you can read up on them and do it yourself. Other factors that can come into play are your lifestyle (are you night-owls who sit up late watching TV? Do you have a residential fridge?) and your location (the further north you are the weaker the sun is in the winter). Once you know how many panels you'll need to meet your energy needs, you'll know how big your battery bank should be to store that power. That will partially influence what kind of batteries you get (if you need a big battery bank, lithium ion can save you a lot of weight) and your lifestyle will also influence what kind of batteries you need (if you have big draw items LiOn will handle that load better and will have a longer lifespan). Hope that helps a little. Unfortunately there's no one central location to get all that info right now.

  • Sam

    May 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi I really like your posts, really eye opening and I really would like to do more traveling, so I'm looking into an RV but I will be needing it to be customized to how I need it, do you know of anyone that can customize RV?

    • Curious Minion

      May 5, 2017 Reply

      Customize how? If it's building a desk then a local cabinet maker or carpenter should be able to handle it. Or are you making major structural changes?

      • Sam

        May 6, 2017 Reply

        I am wanting to make major structural changes to the RV.

        • Curious Minion

          May 6, 2017 Reply

          Hmmm, no personal experience to recommend a company to you, but I would be very careful to choose a company that specializes in RV modifications and renovations. Installing things like slides requires precision and if not done correctly you'll always have trouble with them. I did a search for "companies specializing in rv modifications and renovations" and it pulled several up. That would be a good place to start with your research. Also be aware that if your RV is newer and is still under warranty, big modifications could void your warranty. Good luck with it!

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