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Diver Disks
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 the fish.
 
Step-By-Step Operation Of In-Line Planers
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 ree
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 approximate depths.
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.
Mini-Diver Depth Chart
Amount of line out 50 ft. 100 ft. 150 ft.
#2 Floating body bait 16'deep. 24'deep. 30'deep.
3-1/2 in. Spoon 15'deep. 22'deep. 28'deep.
Deep'r Diver Depth Chart
Amount of line out 50 ft. 100 ft. 150 ft.
#2 Floating body bait 18'deep. 27'deep. 45'deep.
3-1/2 in. Spoon 17'deep. 25'deep. 40'deep.