does the loop pull handle have a ratchet function so it stays fixed (tight) if you release the pull handle?
MATTHEW K No ratchet. Once pulled, you have to hold to keep tension on it. I have heard that those that have a tensioning device are easier to use.
DENISE C Yes it does. You may want to check your states marine laws as to where you can use this. I found that some states don't allow the use of this stick. Have to go out of state to use it. Have fun with it, though it's a great stick! LeisurePro is excellent to deal with.
STEVEN C No ratchet, you must maintain tension.
PAUL Z It does not have a ratchet. The diver must maintain tension on the loop handle to keep it tight. This requires holding the fixed tube and moving rod at the rear of the stick.
DAVID H No, it does not ratchet down. Also, the cable warped and became useless as a snare in the first season I used it. Aside from being a really fancy tickle stick, it's garbage.
HEATHER C It does not have a ratchet function. The stick has a very simple design but works well.
ROBERT A Yes it has a lock to keep the loop tight when pulled.
HOLLY K Yes there is a locking mechanism that keeps the cable tight around the lobster. It is not a ratchet. There is a tab that you push to loosen it. This lobster loops works great.