Originally Posted by Joe B
Originally Posted by oldschool
Just to clarify the question; are you asking about Norman's DD22 or deep divers in general?
yes tom I have only thrown them for about 20 mintues and not sure if I have the correct setup and such..
I believe there is a thread somewhere on this site where I suggested how to learn to use deep diving crankbaits, troll them. Not a legal tournament tactic, but very effective technique to learn how a strike feels, what the bottom feels like, how deep the DD22 will actually run on the type of line you are using, etc, etc.
I like the Norman DD22 and DD15 series deep divers, when a rattling crankbait is appropriate.
The real key to success is the rod, reel and line combination selected. You need a long rod at least 7' to 7'6" that has a parabolic action, IE; crankbait rod. Line, if fishing fairly open water without a lot of cover to hang up in or for the bass to dive into, should be 10 to 12 lb premium mono or co-polymer. I prefer Big Game for crankbaits because it cast good. I also like the round reels with larger diameter spools that hold more line than the low profile narrow spool reels. The larger spool keeps the speed of the retrieve more consistant; about 20 to 22 inches per revolution on a 6.3 to 1 ratio. Slow enough to control the crankbait and crank it down and fast enough to retrieve properly. The rod, reel and line must be confortable and easy to cast for hours, otherwise the lure will wear you out.
One myth with deep divers is they dive to the depth they are rated. The DD22 will not dive to 22 feet. You can make it run deeper by kneeling, sticking the rod down in the water 5 feet or so or trolling the lure out 100 feet or so. DD22 runs down to about 15 to 16 feet when casting about a 100 feet. I like to keep the rod tip down near the water surface and lift it when the lure bumps the bottom. Fast retrieve speed doesn't make the lure run deeper,too fast and it will turn on it's side and run shallower.
Start with 3 colors; Red with black crawdad markings, shad color; blue/purple back with silver sides and baby bass. Use the crawdad red.black where you see clay to rock transition areas or rip rap. Use the shad around docks or anywhere you think shad may be. The baby bass is a good general all round color. Try to make occasional bottom contact and vary the retrieve speed, once the lure has reached it's running depth. Set the hook by cranking faster and sweeping the rod back. Strike can be anything form a bump to loss of wiggle vibrations.
PS; make up or buy a lure retriever.