Deep Sea Divers Go Where No Diver has Gone Before

by Dave Mull

As salmon anglers learn more about how to catch super-deep king salmon, we're talking those that lurk in depths of 400 feet and greater, they face a formidable challenge of getting multiple lines down there without tangles.

The new Deep Sea Divers from Torpedo Products aim to help. Pair a Deep Sea Diver with one of the company's Torpedo Divers, (a super-efficient weight shaped like a torpedo) and you now have a directional sinker capable of going where no diver has gone before.

The new Deep Sea Diver is very similar to a Luhr-Jensen Dipsy or a Lurk Divers Disco Diver, featuring an adjustable weight to take it varying degrees to either side of the boat. The release works exactly the same, too. The difference is that the new Deep Sea has an eyelet to which you attach a Torpedo for added weight.

I fished Lake Michigan with Torpedo inventor and owner Matthew Sawrie aboard Mark Chmura's Pier Pressure charter boat in September this year, setting up over 720 feet of water out of Manistee, Michigan. The Deep Sea Divers were impressive, with and without added weight. On that rocky day, the divers with large flashers and cut-her-ring rigs attracted and hooked most of the 15 fish that hit. We fished two high divers without any extra weight, set on "3" to flare wide. The low divers were also set on "3," but stayed well inside of the high divers thanks to the 12-ounce Torpedoes.

While we didn't need to achieve tremendous depth to get fish that day, the new diver now gives you the option to get lines into what Chmura has called the "Stability Zone," where he has found big kings live all year. he's caught them down 400 feet and more, using big saltwater-style electric reels and as much as four pounds of weight as well as on downriggers with 25-pound balls sent into the abyss. The Deep Seas offer another way-deep option, one that will keep lines spread and get few tangles in currents, which is always a concern with downriggers set to really deep depths.

"The Deep Sea with a Torpedo gives you the opportunity to get separation between the divers so the fish are keying on one thing," says Chmura. "Even when you set divers without weight, one on "3" to run up higher, and the low one on "1-1/2" to go low, they can still be running fairly close together."

Chmura said the weighted Deep Seas basically dive a foot for every three feet of wire let out. That lets you probe 100-foot depths with just 300 feet of wire out -- and he's scraped bottom in 400 feet with 1200 feet of wire out. (He uses big, electric saltwater reels when letting out that much wire.) He also likes the Deep Seas' ability to keep a presentation right on the bottom, touching occasionally with the Torpedo without digging in the disk.

"That's going to be Cuda Torpedoes, but smaller models (a 4-ounce Shark is pictured) will open up all sorts of possibilites for probing different depths while keeping lines spread."

The Deep Seas currently are available in four metallic finishes (silver, red, blue and green) as well as white, clear and black. For more information check out

The Deep Sea Diver from Torpedo Products pairs with one of the company's super-efficient Torpedoes to dive where no divers have dived before.

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This article appears on our website with kind permission from The Great Lakes Sport Fishing News.