Benton Anglers Finish in 2nd Place

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By WSIL Sports

 TENNESSEE -- Benton anglers' Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney have fished together since the sixth grade. The duo have put in countless hours working on their craft and it paid off, when they qualified to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster high school national competition. 

"It took a lot to get here," said Richardson. "You had to win the qualifier tournament and then you had to be one of the top two teams at state to get here. We made all the cuts and stayed here until the end."

In the first two days of the event, Dailus and Trevor finished in first place each day. The field was then cut from 58 to 30, with all weight accumulated erased. On Friday, they caught five pounds, three ounces and claimed 8the place, earning them a spot with the top 10 teams. In the final round, they caught the limit and were the third team to weigh-in. They hauled six pounds, five ounces, moving them into first place and left them waiting for the final six boats to be weighed. 

 "It is nerve racking and your stomach is all tight and you feel shaky and don't know what is going to happen," said Richardson.

 "We were getting excited nearing the last boat," said McKinney. "We were just nervous and we knew it was going to come down to a few ounces."

It all came down to the final weigh-in and Dailus and Trevor just missed winning a national title by seven ounces. 

 "We are disappointed that we didn't finish in first place," said McKinney. "But we got second and you just can't beat getting second."

"This is a huge confidence boost for us for the rest of the time that we fish," said Richardson.

The two anglers are just entering 11th grade which still gives them two years to compete at the high school level and they hope to make their return to nationals to claim the title. 

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