Bayou bushwhacking for bass in Ark., Miss.

A boat or canoe will do sometimes, but a kayak is the near-perfect vessel.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 9:32 AM ET
By Ken Schultz | ESPNOutdoors.com Fishing editor

To prove a point about the ability to use kayaks in backwater areas for bass fishing, Kentucky bass pro Mike Auten and I spent a few days bushwhacking for bass.

We rendezvoused in Tunica, Miss., several Junes ago, strapped two 11-foot kayaks to the deck of his bass boat and headed off into the bayous of Mississippi and Arkansas along the Arkansas River.

At Tunica, the first order of business was going to a nearby slough — an oxbow off the Mississippi that held Grand Casino, one ...

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Bayou bushwhacking for bass in Ark. and Miss.