A spinning reel is a popular device which is used for fishing and is owned by a majority of the fishers who use hook and line for fishing. They have a fixed spool to which line is deposited by revolving a guide called bail. They can accommodate monofilament lines and the newer fluorocarbon lines.
Spinning reels consist of many parts which help in performing different functions. Now that we know what it is, Let us get a clear picture on what is a bail and the troubleshooting guides related to the bail. The biggest nightmare of the anglers is the problems associated with the working of bail,it often fails to work. Some anglers continue using the bail with the failure. But, once you learn to control the tools,you will find it easier and would prefer using it on a regular basis.
The biggest nightmare of the anglers is the problems associated with the working of bail; it often fails to work. Some anglers continue using the bail with the failure. But, once you learn to control the tools,you will find it easier and would prefer using it on a regular basis.
What is a bail?
The rotation of a spool depends on several other parts which function together. The bail is a wire on the spinning reel which is designed to perform casting. It has a mechanism which prevents the unwrapping of the line from the spool. It can be either open or closed. The open bail allows the line to come off from the spool whereas the closed bail prevents it from coming off.
What causes the bail to close?
There are several factors that causes the bail to stop locking, the major problem which is commonly found among anglers is the energy extend in the cast. It forces the bail to close suddenly, thereby causing the line to break. This is faced by those who use a rod more than twelve foot long in casting.
How to fix the issue?
- To the side of the bail arm, you can see a number of screws that hold the bail wire. Loosen those screws and place it safely as you will need it back when assembling the reel again. In certain models, there will be screws in the opposite too. If you use this type of reel loosen those screws too.
- Now take away the bail wire and observe to notice if there is any bending, rust or blemishes present in the metal. Replace the wire if it has issues.
- Observe the line roller by inspecting to look for any damage or corrosion. In the case of damage, loosen the screw that holds the roller in place and replace it, if required.
- To the side of the bail arm is a spring attached. Remove it and inspect if it has any issues such as kinks, breaks or over stretching. If you observe any issue replace the spring, else you can use the same spring.
- Apply a little of reel oil to the bail arm, bail, and line roller. Install the removed bail roller and fix the screws to hold it in place.
You are done fixing the bail. Seems easy right? Generally, most of the anglers opt to buy a modern reel which has a bail system that uses magnets or locking lever mechanisms to keep the bail in place while casting so as to avoid the bail issues.
You can also go with that, but give a try on fixing the bail with the steps we have mentioned before proceeding to buy a new one. If you have any queries regarding the troubleshoot, feel free to ask us.