Trolling with Big Jon's Mini-Diver and
Deep'R Diver® diving disks is a simple way
to add depth to your lure presentation. Their
low visual profile won't spook even the most
shy of game fish. They also aid in controlling
the positioning of your lures. With the nose
weight set on center, the diver will run straight
behind the boat. With the nose weight set off
center, the diver will run to the side of your boat.
Of the divers available, Big Jon's are the easiest
to use. Just tie your lure and about four foot of
leader to the clip at the rear of the diver. Then, tie
the fishing line coming from your fishing rod to
the clip at the top of the diver. Big Jon's divers
are designed to pull straight in-line when a fish
takes your lure. There is no need for a line release.
When the diver disk is pulled straight in-line,
there is no water resistance, so you fight only
Of Diver Disks
Start by tying the line coming from your fishing
rod to the clip located on the top and center of the
diver disk. Then, tie a length of line (approximatly
four feet long) to the rearclip on the disk. Tie your
lure to the other end of this line.
If you use a shorter rod, the lure should be
approximatley twelve inches from the reel,
wheh the diver is at the rod tip.
The nose weight on the bottom of the diver
disk determines the direction the diver will
travel from the boat. When the nose weight
is set at the center mark, the diver will travel
straight back from the boat. Move the nose
weight to the right (when viewed from the
bottom of the diver) and the diver will travel
to the right side of the boat. Move the nose
weight to the left (when viewed from the
bottom of the diver) and the diver disk will
travel to the left side of the boat.
While the boat is at trolling speed, place
your lure and then the diver in the water
and let out your line. Apply slight pressure
to the reel's spool with your thumb to create
some resistance for the diver to work against.
The diver disk will work against the water's
resistance and pull down to a deeper depth.
As you are letting out your fishing line, you
will reach a point where your line starts to
move back towards the rear of the boat.
When this happens, the diver has reached
it's maximum depth.
Because of many variables, such as speed,
line weight, lure weight and water temperature
that affect the performance of any diver, there
are no exact charts to determine how much
line to let out to reach a given depth.
(The charts at the bottom of this page give
Once the diver has reached it's maximum depth
or the depth you've decided to stop at, set the
drag clicker on your reel to prevent the reel from
free-spooling and place your rod in a rod holder.
Now you are ready to repeat steps 1 through 5
with your remaining fishing rods.
When a fish strikes your lure, the tension of the
fish pulling on the fishing line will cause the diver
disk to be pulled straight in-line with the fishing
line. This feature eliminates any water resistance,
so you fight only the fish. No "Pop-Off" release is
needed when you are using Big Jon® diver disks.