The Fairmont State University team of Wil Dieffenbauch of Hundred and Ryan Radcliff of Parkersburg won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship presented by Mercury on Philpott Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing seven pounds four ounces.
Their three-day total weight of 24 pounds, 12 ounces beat State University of New YorkPlattsburgh by one pound, 12 ounces. The team from Fairmont State won a Ranger Z117 bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a berth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
"This is amazing," said said Dieffenbauch, a senior in civil engineering. "I really don't know what to say. After coming so close to winning the title last year, I really wanted to win this one. Now I want to get greedy and win Nationals.
"Philpott is not an easy lake to fish, we worked for every fish we caught," Dieffenbauch went on to say. "I am just happy we caught five bass today. The lake fished really tough today. First of all there was a lot of boat traffic that we didn't have earlier in the week.
The wind was really blowing this morning pushing the bait fish up so that impacted the bite and these fish have just been hammered for four days straight which also added to today's challenge.
"We were targeting deep points, 30 to 50 feet, with lots of brush," added Dieffenbauch. "We were drop-shotting mostly robo worms."
Dieffenbauch will be making his third trip to nationals and hopes that the third time is a charm. Radcliff will be making his first appearance at Nationals. This was the first year the two have been fishing as a team.
The stars were in alignment for Fairmont State today. Ramapo College, leaders going into the final day of competition, had their day three weight disqualified after violating rule number 16 which states that you cannot have more than five bass in the live well at one time.