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Charlie D. Roberts
  Dr. Charlie D. Roberts, the Academic Angler, was the third President of Jackson State Community College (TN). Dr. Roberts has college degrees from Norfolk State University (VA), Wayne State University (MI) and Michigan State University (MI).

Dr. Roberts has been an avid fisherman since his childhood days in Norfolk, VA. He began fishing in earnest after he won a rod and reel combo as a twelve-year-old newspaper carrier for the Norfolk Journal and Guide.

Roberts says, "As a youngster, I used to fish at the carrier piers of the Norfolk Naval Base where I caught a lot of croakers and spots. Not only was it fun to catch those fish but they made a great meal".

As a College president, Roberts has had to make time for fishing. He has found time to fish Tennessee River, Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay, St Johns River, Atlantic Ocean and fishing spots all across the United States.

Roberts and the other members of the Academic Angler Team, Carter Tillage, Bill Mobley and John Baker, have fished competitively in Michigan and Florida. Dr. Roberts has finished in the top ten on both the Redfish and Walleye circuits. He had also competed in the IFA Redfish and FLW Walleye League championships. In addition, the Academic Anglers host the Sawyer Memorial Tournament on the Chesapeake Bay each September. Roberts has also indicated that the Academic Angler continue to introduce fishing to children and African American families as a wholesome recreational activity through seminars, articles and demonstrations.

Carter Tillage
   Academic Angler, Carter Tillage was born in Murfreesboro Tennessee.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Aeronautics at Tennessee State University in Nashville Tennessee. During his time there he accumulated 40 hrs towards his private pilots license including the required solo cross-country flight.

His first professional job was a Test Director at a wind tunnel test facility at Arnold Engineering Test Center in Tullahoma Tennessee.

Next he worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati Ohio as a Quality Control Engineer for 18 years.

Currently he is an Engineer at General Motors Corporation in Pontiac Michigan responsible for developing inspection systems that check Flush and Gaps on new product lines.

His love for technology in his words is surpassed by his love for fishing and the out of doors. He was introduced to Fishing at an early age by his Uncle Ira who routinely took "his partner" on night fishing trips for Catfish on the Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tn.

While in Cincinnati he concentrated primarily on fishing for Bass on the Ohio River and entering an occasional tournament with his, then partner, Dan Edington.

While in the planning stages of the move to Detroit one of his Cincinnati neighbors introduced him to his current partner and Co-Academic angler Charlie Roberts. Tillage said, "Seemingly we fished every waterway on the east side of the state that would float a boat."

Carter is always eager to learn a new method to catch fish including Ice Fishing. When asked to tell of one of his more interesting fishing tales, he spoke of fishing off of a tall bridge in; the middle of a metropolis downtown area for huge catfish while on a business trip.

His current affiliations include:
∑ The Fishing Buddies Club, A local fishing club in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
∑ The Lake St. Clair Walleye Association, A Metropolitan Detroit fishing club
∑ Michigan Project Fish, A state sponsored organization focused on education, and conservation of Michigan Fisheries.
∑ Team Member, Academic Angler

Carter continues to look for ways to give back through fishing and hopefully invest in young people at the same time.

John Baker
    Academic Angler John Baker, married and father of two adult children, was born in Suffolk, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and a master's degree in counseling from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

His professions included teaching and professional football. He taught for thirty years and coached high school football for four years and one year in college. He taught in the Detroit Public Schools, Montreal (Canada), and North Carolina A&T University. He also played Professional football with the Montreal Alouettes, New York Football Giant, Hamilton Tiger Cats and The Birmingham Americans of the World Football League.

His education has helped him immensely in teaching, coaching, and counseling. One of his goals is to get youth involved in fishing so they will understand more about fishing, water safety, and as a means of relaxing. Retired now, he lives with his wife in Homosassa, Florida.

He enjoys athletics, especially golfing and fishing. His idea of a good day is to be on the water before sunrise with a good lunch and a boatload of fish by noon. If the fish are not biting, then just lay back and relax. He has used his experience in fishing since retiring as a means of relaxing and relieving stress.

His fishing travels have taken him to Erieau, Ontario (Canada) for walleye, Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto, Canada for perch, the Detroit River and Monroe, Michigan for silver bass, Gulf of Mexico for grouper, and the Chesapeake Bay for spots and croakers. Through Academic Angler and co members, Roberts and Carter, Baker hopes to improve his fishing techniques and skills and to make a positive contribution to his team and sponsors.

William Mobley
    William Mobley, the fourth member of Academic Anglers, received a Bachelor of Sciences and a Masters of Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. After working as a teacher consultant for emotionally impaired students in Detroit, he became an Assistant Principal for mentally impaired, elementary students (grades 1-5) and for regular education middle school students (grades 6-8). He retired from the Detroit Public School System in 1995.

William has fished since the age of ten. He bought his first boat in 1965. He fished all of the Great Lakes except Lake Superior. Trophy fish caught include an 8 pound Walleye, 5 pound Small Mouth Bass, and a 6 ½ pound Large Mouth Bass (North Ontario), and a 23 pound Muskie.

Since retiring in 1995, William has spent winters fishing most of the fresh water lakes in central and southwest Florida. He hopes to become an accomplished salt water fisherman as a team member of the Academic Anglers.

College of Fishing Knowledge Basic Saltwater Fishing 100
Englewood, Florida

Current Affiliations:
CCA Costal Conservation Association of Florida

La Roy Taylor
   Dr. La Roy A. Taylor, Jr. is the newest member of the Academic Angler team. He was born in Chicago and started fishing as an eight year old Cub Scout. As a Boy Scout and Explorer Scout La Roy learned a lot of valuable lessons that led to years of enjoyment as an effective Field and Stream Outdoorsman.

Before graduating high school, La Roy became a certified lifeguard, water safety instructor, and archery instructor. He enjoyed working with youth at summers camps and YMCA centers. He continued to set aside time for fishing, bowling, and hunting even as he excelled in basketball, football, and wrestling; where he earned all city and state awards.

While earning his Masters degree, he was introduced to golf. Determined to be an effective golfer, he set aside fishing for several years until he decided it was time to teach his son and daughter all that he could about field and stream skills. He and his son competed in Canadian fishing events for several summers. Their crowing moment came the summer that Dr. Taylor won first place in the walleye event and his son La Roy III won first place in the bass event.

During his educational career, Dr. Taylor was a Michigan educator, starting as a teacher with Detroit Public Schools and growing into counselor and administrative positions that culminated with his twelve year principal ship. He joined Michigan State University as a Graduate education instructor and after four years started a National Consulting Company that focuses on turning around underachieving schools.

Currently, Dr. Taylor is retired, for the third time, and looks forward to learning to fish from a scientific perspective, as an academic angler. He is anxious to learn and develop skills in fishing for bass, redfish, and walleye; skills that he will joyfully share with other anglers. He supports and participates in the Sawyer Memorial Fishing Tournament (Virginia Beach) as well as the Academic Anglerís Annual Childrenís Clinic. Creating opportunities for urban youth to experience fishing and outdoor experiences is important work that needs more participants and volunteers. He is anxious to learn and develop skills in fishing for bass, redfish, and walleye; skills that he will joyfully share with others.

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