My favourite time of year for hard lure fishing is in the autumn, while the water still has some warmth and the pike are active enough to chase a lure.
Fortunately there has not been much rain so far this autumn, so the water is still quite clear which is good for lure fishing. There is still quite a bit of weed although it is breaking down causing quite a blizzard beneath the surface. The weed won’t be completely gone until after floods, so hopefully in the new year the river will be clear of weed, but for now I will just have to try to avoid it.
While the river is still weedy, I will stick to floating lures that run shallow or perhaps just through the tops of the weed. As with most hard lure’s there are two main ways to retrieve. A simple straight retrieve which will cause the lure to wobble as it’s pulled through the water. Or a twitching retrieve making the lure dart from side to side to catch the pikes attention.