1. Do you now feel like the world's most famous Canadian bass fisherman of all time?
> "Yes, absolutely. Chris Johnston lost the title."
2. Do the Johnstons give you dirty looks or are they cool with the whole Classic win thing? 😁
> "We're all pretty good friends...they're cool with it.
> "...one of the best text messages I sent was after the [Classic win], at about 9:30 [that night] – we have a group chat with the Johnstons and...a bunch of other pro anglers on it. I sent a text out to that group...'Cory get your butt down to the Champions Toast so you can get a picture with my trophy.'"
[Hahaha love it! And they did get the pic....]
3. Is more of your time sucked up now doing interviews and speaking and whatnot?
> "The first few weeks right after were kinda crazy, like it gave me some anxiety. The hardest part was just scheduling everything with everyone. It's cooled down now to where it's a little more manageable. There's worse problems in life to have."
4. Do more people recognize you? Do you have more folks following you on the water?
> "Not so much following me, but on our trip to SC for the next set of events after the Classic, probably 3-4 times driving down the interstate people were honking and waving, giving us the thumbs up and stuff – that was kinda cool. Two older ladies in their 50s went by and they were so excited, waving like crazy people....
> "At the events, walking up to the tanks and walking back to my boat, a lot of people have been congratulatory and just saying 'Way to go'...it's been pretty cool.
> "It is pretty amazing how many people know about the Classic. It really is the pinnacle of the sport, and I've gotten to see the reality of it since the tournament."
5. You've been steadily going back up the standings since the Classic. Any particular reason for that?
> "I think it's kinda how it's been going every year for me. If I could ever just get a good start in the deep South. The farther we go along and we get done with spawning, I can fish my strengths a little bit more...the more we head north traditionally it's been better for me.
> "The pressure [to qualify for the Classic] is off for this year, which is a nice perk, but at the same time I want to keep doing my best. One of the coolest messages I got after the [Classic] was from Rick Clunn. It's like a 12-second video, and he says don't be content and don't take your foot off the gas – keep doing your job, basically. That's good advice."
Bonus Q 1: In that Z-Man post about the history of moping, it says the Jerk Shadz on the Smeltinator head "spirals on the drop." What's up with that – you haven't mentioned that before?
> "You actually don't want it to spiral. That's indicating that the bait is not on your jig straight. Then you're going to end up with line twist and not a natural-looking [presentation].
> "If you watch when I'm looking at my screen and I miss a bite and have fish around, a lot of times I slowly will lower the bait and make it shake when I'm dropping it, like it's an injured minnow falling back down. But you don't want that thing to spiral."