Floatline Clutch vs Tuna Clips For Floatline Retrieval
There is an ongoing debate between bluewater spearos between the best way to retain floatlines as you pull a fish in. The two techniques being the Floatline Clutch or a Tuna Clip. Both have their benefits and negatives.
The Floatline Clutch is a friction increasing device that goes onto the floatline itself. The float is connected directly to the clutch. Once you shoot your fish you are able to pull the floatline through the clutch to shorten its length. When the fish makes a second run the clutch pulls tight and you maintain the progress you have made.
Additional benefits to the clutch are that it allows you to adjust the length of your floatline by simply pulling the end through the back end of the clutch. This helps because you don’t have to own different floatlines for shallow reef and deep water. You can just buy one and call it a day.
Really the only downside to the clutch is that it is a few dollars more than a tuna clip. That being said the clutch lasts a lot longer. Check out this video of the clutch in action.
Tuna clips are inexpensive and readily available. They are the old fashion way of pulling in fish while fighting them from the surface, so they are time tested. This process has both the floatline and the tuna clip connected to the float, with the tuna clip attached by a D-Shackle. Then you clip the tuna clip to the floatline. You pull the floatline through the tuna clip as you fight the fish to keep your progress.
The hazard to this method is that it creates a loop in the water. If your fish is strong enough it can pull the float out of your reach and you may find yourself entangled in your floatline making an unexpected dive. Tuna clips are not a bad method. You just need to be aware of the additional risks involved.