During the scorching heat of summer, anglers have to take what they can get. It's not typically a season when you can motor the boat anywhere on the water, open the ice-chest lid and watch the fish jump in while you enjoy an icy-cold beverage.

My son, Joel, and I set out in search of anything that would bite last week, unsure of what we'd find or catch. The uncertainty didn't last long, however. On Joel's first cast, he set the hook on a keeper marsh bass, and the action stayed fairly steady until we had pulled more than our legal limits over the gunwale.

Best of all, we were off the water before many commuters had even shown up for work, making it the perfect way to beat the summer heat.

Hot lures of the day included watermelon-colored Zoom Trick Worms, Zoom Speed Worms and Yum Dingers. We fished the soft-plastic lures weightless on 4/0 H2O Express wide gap hooks.

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