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Coaches & Mentors

Caleb Taylor

Coach

Founder of A1 Angler Development

Qualifications

Caleb is fully licensed and insured to offer on-the-water sessions with paying individuals.

  • 6 years of volunteer service with junior anglers
  • Coast Guard Boating Skills and Seamanship Course Certified
  • 10 Years of fishing experience
  • 10+ years of athletic experience (basketball)
  • Former Captain and scholarship angler at Adrian College
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate
  • Bachelors of Business Administration
  • DNR Inland Pilot Licensed
  • National Professional Anglers Association Member
  • CPR Certified
  • Endorsed by former clients and Head Coach of Adrian College Fishing Team, Seth Borton
  • Former Church Youth Group Leader

Caleb Taylor has been involved in fishing for 10 years. Through this time he acquired in-depth knowledge, learned valuable life lessons, and fished on scholarship for Adrian College.

Caleb has volunteered for 6 years with junior anglers in Indiana and Michigan. He has taken anglers to numerous fishing tournaments out of state on lakes like Pickwick Lake in Alabama, and Douglas Lake in Tennessee. This gave him the experience necessary to pursue the creation of A1 Angler Development. Caleb also participated in organizing and running the first ever Bass Camp held by Adrian College in 2016. He has worked and coached kids from 7 to 19 years old in fishing and basketball.

Caleb has also helped aid anglers in their successful transition into college fishing. He has provided advice on decision making, connected anglers with coaches, given recommendations, and helped develop skill sets in these anglers during tournament events.

These anglers include:

  • Griffin Fernandes: Adrian College Bass Team Commit 2019 (provided consulting and recommendations during recruiting process)
  • Caleb Dachenhaus: Adrian College Bass Team Commit 2020
  • Beau Ashcraft: Purdue University Fishing Club 2018
  • Elliot Wielgopolski: Current Adrian College Recruit
  • Shawn Zellers: Indiana High School State Champion

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Caleb's Bio

My name is Caleb Taylor and I am from Zionsville, Indiana.

 

My fishing story really begins in 2011 when I began fishing with a few of my close friends. Sure, I had been fishing before as a youngster but I never really discovered my passion for the sport until I started pond hopping with some buddies when I was 16. One 5 pound buzzbait fish and well you know the rest of the story!

Being a natural born competitor and having played highly competitive sports (mainly basketball) I decided I wanted to take fishing to a competitive level as well. Before long I was in a 12ft jon boat taking on lakes with my best friends and not long after my grandfather and I found ourselves in our first bass boat ready to enter into some junior and local adult tournaments.

My junior tournament career in Indiana was competitive and short. In those two years, I was able to win a few tournaments and also win the Indiana BASS State Championship my senior year. This allowed me to move on to the Northern Divisional on the Mississippi River which I was also able to win. From there I moved on to the 2012 Junior World Championship held on Lake Wilson in Alabama where I finished 2nd. Not bad for a kid flying by the seat of his pants who didn’t grow up with anyone involved in the sport. My tenacious hunger to learn and win was blessed to say the least.

Following high school, I was contacted by the current head coach of the Adrian College Fishing Team about coming to fish at Adrian on scholarship and helping start the inaugural Adrian College Varsity Bass Fishing Team. What an opportunity! I eagerly made my way to Michigan after a year at Indiana University to continue my fishing career and become a member of the first fully funded college bass fishing program in Michigan!

At Adrian, I was honored to be the first Captain of the team and serve this role for my full 3 years. Fishing at Adrian was the greatest experience of my life despite the ups and downs. I learned a great deal traveling the country fishing and also met some of my best friends for life. Through dedication, hard work, and investment from the school, we were able to create one of the best fishing programs in the college scene and quickly rose to prominence by way of winning tournaments such as the FLW College Open and Bassmaster College Tour events. We qualified multiple teams to the FLW and BASS National Championships as well. Adrian was ranked the #1 team in the nation multiple times in the Cabela’s Collegiate School of The Year race during my career. To this point, the team has been featured in over 25 articles nationwide including a feature in the New York Times, and we have also been featured on national television multiple times by multiple outdoor television series. The connections made and opportunities through fishing for a program like Adrian were invaluable and I recommend the program and college fishing as a whole to young anglers.

Upon graduating summa cum laude with my degree in marketing from Adrian, I have continued to fish local events in Indiana as well as participating as a co-angler the 2018 FLW Costa Series semi-professional tournaments to increase my knowledge and experience. My goal now is to create a career in fishing revolving around developing a business that builds up junior anglers so they can position themselves favorably for receiving fishing scholarships and be successful in their fishing endeavours.

I have a passion for business, fishing, developing young anglers, and seeing them be successful in the sport, college, and in life. Nothing is more fulfilling than helping others achieve success and that is my goal for A1.

Thanks again for visiting and feel free to contact me regarding questions you might have!

-Caleb Taylor

Founder of A1 Angler Development

Nick Marsh

Nick Marsh of Marsh Outdoors, LLC was a vital piece in the production of the “How to fish in college” podcast series. Nick is also familiar with working with youth anglers after captaining and working kids fishing camps the last 4 years. Nick will be aiding in the running of A1 programs and potentially taking A1 teams when duty calls. Nick boats a stout high school and college fishing resume which includes a high school national championship win and a BASS College Southern Tour victory!

There is no doubt Nick brings a level of expertise and knowledge that will be valuable to any angler! A1 looks forward to having Nick and Marsh Outdoors share his knowledge and experience on the water with our anglers. 

To learn more about Nick visit him on Facebook and Instagram @marshfishing!

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