ROGERS, Ark. - The Fairmont State University fishing duo of Ryan Radcliff and Wil Dieffenbauch came up just short in their bid to compete on the final day in the FLW College Fishing National Championship.
On Saturday, the duo caught their five bass limit for a second day on Beaver Lake, but ended up finishing in sixth place as only the top five teams compete in today's final round with the other 20 being eliminated.
"It was crazy how good we worked together. When you are fishing as a team you got to be able to work together and that's what makes you good," said Radcliff, a Parkersburg South graduate and FSU swimmer.
"It was just a crazy lake. We got on some pretty good bass today. We had heard all day people were struggling and one team caught a freaking 7-pound bass and that's what put us out right there. That's what put us out."
Despite having a solid effort and needing less than a pound more of weight to finish in fifth, Radcliff was pleased with their effort.
"Wil has been to the national championship three times. He went with a different partner the other two times," Radcliff added.
"I wish we could've brought it (a national title) back. Sixth place isn't bad. We were within a pound and missed it by one spot to fish on Sunday."
The final round is set to start at 7 a.m. today.