Had same issue with my Penn. Reccomendation was to change it to a manual bail. Not sure if a kit is available for the Diawa...?
My alternative was;
With the bail vertical..place your middle finger on the bail or pivot point..keeping the bail open manually...this leaves your index finger free for holding the line. This system has worked excellent for me.
Had one that wouldn't stay open during casting, but happened to have a rubber band with me and hooked under reel, through bailer, and back down to reel. Quick and easy, and it worked for me. After that though, bought a new reel, but sure it would work as long as the reel is working.
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