Pat Ford grew up in the Northeast and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Journalism, (1965) and Columbia Law School (1968). He was a JAG officer/Military Judge in the Navy from 1969 through 1972,which sent him to Pensacola and then Key West. He has lived in Miami since his discharge in 1972 and has loved every minute of his time fishing South Florida and the Keys. His first article was published in 1969 in Salt Water Sportsman magazine.
After retiring from the practice of law, Pat focused his new career on his love of writing, photography and fishing. There are thousands of photographers these days, but few have the talent and writing ability that Pat does. Pat has published numerous articles and has authored 2 hardback books – “The Best Fly-Fishing Trips Money Can Buy” (Stackpole, 2006), and “Fly Fishing Day Dreams” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011). Pat’s photography and writing skills are displayed in Andy Mill’s classic “A Passion for Tarpon” (Wild River Press, 2010). His clients include all forms of publications that utilize photos in their articles, fishing equipment/clothing manufacturers , national outlet stores such as Bass Pro Shops, and numerous exotic fishing lodges all over the world, which use his photos in their catalogues and advertisements. He also has shot football games for the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami. His underwater photos have developed into possibly the most popular of his collections.
Pat specializes in writing and photography of remote, challenging and exciting fishing and diving locations – this sells well to fishing and travel magazines. His articles and photos have been published in four continents and several languages and have graced close to 300 book and magazine covers over the years. For a photographer to get a cover shot, he is in competition with every other photographer in the world to have his photo selected, so it’s a big deal!
Pat shares his photos through social media and powerpoint presentations because “what’s the purpose in taking photos, if you don’t share them with people.”