Closing the bail arm

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Do you close the bail arm manually, or do you close it turning the handle? Watching lots and lots of Perch-Porn lurefishing on YouTube, I have noticed that closing the bail arm manually seems to be a thing. I have always used the handle, but have experienced that closing the bail arm with the handle, is the first thing that fails on my not-so-expensive reels. On the pricy ones that isn't a problem.
 

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My vintage fixed spool reels have to be closed via the reel handle... one of the reasons I prefer a pin... but if I'm using my Shimano's I manually close them
 

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Do you close the bail arm manually, or do you close it turning the handle? Watching lots and lots of Perch-Porn lurefishing on YouTube, I have noticed that closing the bail arm manually seems to be a thing. I have always used the handle, but have experienced that closing the bail arm with the handle, is the first thing that fails on my not-so-expensive reels. On the pricy ones that isn't a problem.
Manually too, if you will close bail arm by handel you just destroying reel. Cheap one fail first because they are cheap made, expensive ones can withstand beating a bit longer.
 

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With the handle, maybe that’s just a consequence of having been a huge fan of the Mitchell Match and using it exclusively for years.
 

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Always manually, using the handle never works for me as it feels as though it’s locked up if it’s only quarter of a turn. So automatically manually!
 

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Overwhelming majority for closing manually. I will better myself then, and change my evil ways. From now on, it's manually for me too. If I can remember it.
 

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With the handle, maybe that’s just a consequence of having been a huge fan of the Mitchell Match and using it exclusively for years.
Same as. A lot of cheaper reels used to incorporate a trip moulded into the body casting so handle closing was simple. Try it on a lot of modern reels and it leaves the bale arm in no mans land.
 

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I used to use the handle but for the last 15 years or so I’ve done it manually
 

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Manual - even with the Mitchell Match! Less prone to tangles, loose loops on the spool and keeps noise to a minimum too. Also reduces the possibility of bumping the fish when stick fishing, so general good-practice IMO.

The obvious exception is closed-face reels: you have to turn the handle to engage the bail, but all the potential problems listed above don't happen with these reels. I'm surprised anglers don't use them more often for stillwater mid-range waggler work as well as trotting, they're more efficient when a lot of casting is required.
 
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