1. Describe your relationship with your younger roommates known as “the two Drews” (Benton and Cook).
“You can tell when you first meet someone if you can hang out with them or not,” Mullins said. “Drew Benton and I met several years ago, even before he made the Elites. Once he made it, I was still sleeping in the back of my truck, so we started rooming together in the second half of the season.
“It worked out good because we both like to cut up and have similar interests in the outdoors beyond fishing. When Cook made the Elites (2019 rookie season), I was kinda wary about bringing someone else on, but Benton told me Cook was a good dude and everything’s been good.”
Of course, getting along requires certain understandings, and Mullins said his younger roommates don’t mind him tossing his clothes in with their laundry effort. Levity also helps and this crew’s never far from mischief.
“I give Cook about as hard a time as I can any time of the day because he’s so much younger,” Mullins grins. “We’re always playing pranks on one another, and it stays pretty light.”
Hiding trash — used fishing line, plastic bottles, food wrappers — in one another’s boats; that’s a regular occurrence. In fact, Mullins said a particular bag of disposables rotated among the three boats for about a month last year.
“Drew (Benton) didn’t make the cut at Lake Lanier last year, and I stuffed his cooler to the brim with trash,” Mullins said. “I had gone to bed and he was outside packing and the next day, I go to the launch and when I got the livewell check, my livewell was filled to the top with the same trash I had put in his cooler.
“I had to go put it away on the dock. He got me back; that was probably the best one yet.”