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The secrets of the rod and reel

Is fishing a sport? How fun is it to watch? And how much moolah can you make? Bomani Jones went looking for answers at the Bassmasters American.

Updated: August 7, 2006, 3:39 PM ET
By Bomani Jones | Special to Page 2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There I was, seated in the third row for the first weigh-in at the Bassmaster American, when Doug Grassian turned around and asked me a question that seemed to be burning a hole in his mind.

"You're not going to poke too much fun at us, are you?"

Grassian is a publicist for ESPN Outdoors and BASS Communications, which puts on the American. So it made sense that he had reservations about a writer from a noted outlet of smart-ass sports journalism covering one ...

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