"It was another day when I fished after work. Some storms were blowing into the area, and I figured it would be a good day to be on the water," he said.
"I went to Stonewall, put the boat in and headed for some structure pretty close to where I'd caught the 52-incher. I hadn't made 10 casts, pulling a bucktail over some sunken timber, when a fish hit."
Radcliff boated the muskie fairly quickly and put the tape measure on it.
"This one was 51 1/2 inches. I got a picture and let the fish go."
Lightning struck again just three days later when Radcliff accompanied friends Danny Haddox and Daniel Buzzard on a guided fishing trip to Cave Run Lake, a renowned trophy-muskie hotspot.
The lake didn't disappoint.
"Our guide, Greg Thomas, put us onto some fish," Radcliff said. "We fished all that day. Danny and Daniel both caught muskies, but late in the day I still hadn't even raised one.
"Then, late in the day, I was pulling a jig - a Bondy Bait - over some structure, working it real slow. All of a sudden, I got the hardest strike I'd ever felt. That muskie absolutely clobbered that jig.
"Within a few minutes, I had it at the boat. We measured it at 50 inches exactly, took a picture and released it. And that wasn't the only 50-incher we took on that trip. The next day, Danny caught a 51-incher."
Radcliff readily acknowledged his good fortune.
"My friends were all surprised," he said. "I've talked to many people, including some of the older guys, and even the older guys haven't caught more than four or five 50-inchers in years and years of muskie fishing.
"They said to catch two out of West Virginia in one year is really unusual. I don't know if I'll ever match the success I've [had] this year, but it won't hurt to try."
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.