Pat Ford was born and raised in northern New Jersey, fishing in most every body of water that was available to him. He entered the University of Notre Dame in 1961 where as a communications arts major, he added sports photography to his passions. After graduating in 1965, he entered Columbia Law School in New York City.
After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1968, Pat joined the Navy JAG Corps and was stationed in Pensacola where he began writing for Salt Water Sportsman magazine and several others. When he was transferred from Pensacola to Key West, it became very clear that he was going to spend the rest of his life in Florida. After discharge from the Navy in December, 1972 he moved to Miami and began his law practice, specializing in civil litigation. Pat has now been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1983, but for over 35 years now, Pat has continued to fish, take photos and write about his experiences on the water.
Pat has traveled extensively and has held over a dozen IGFA Fly Rod World Records ranging from a 196lb tiger shark caught in Florida Bay to a 14.5 lb tigerfish caught in Zambia, Africa. His first book on his fishing travels was published by STACKPOLE BOOKS in summer 2006. The title is "The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy" and it is designed to help anglers duplicate the best fishing vacations that he has experienced. Signed copies can be purchased directly from Pat. His second project, ‘A Passion for Tarpon’ with Andy Mill was published in 2010. He is presently working on 'Best Trips' Vol 2 and his articles and photos appear regularly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Fly Tyer, Fly Rod & Reel, Sportfishing, Marlin, Florida Sportsman, Destination Fish, Florida Sportfishing, and most every other magazine that covers fishing in either fresh or salt water. Pat presently has an exhibit of his photos on display at the IGFA in Dania Beach, Fl.