Pat Ford

Pat Ford

Pat Ford is a retired Miami lawyer, award-winning fishing photographer and angler who has held two dozen world records during decades of fishing. 

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Frenzy

Striped marlin gorge on bait balls off far-flung Magdalena Bay, creating unparalleled action and record catch numbers

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Nothing Like It

A longtime light-tackle angler says few things compare with taking a blue marlin on the fly.

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Vampires in the Amazon

The author goes well off the grid in Colombia in pursuit of payara, a fish with impressive fangs

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Fish Favorites: Mutton Snapper

Mutton snapper are a worthy adversary in skinny water, on the reefs or in the channels

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Heavy Winds, Big Fish

When traveling deep into windy Patagonia, bring as much tackle as possible

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Ultimate Mahi

Whether trolling or “running and gunning,” mahi are great on the rod and on the table. And pound for pound, a big one is a handful on a fly rod.

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Exotica

A quest for the fierce golden dorado takes the author into the remote Bolivian jungle

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Tarpon - Swimming Through Air

The author was ‘a goner’ after his first big tarpon shook its head and took to the sky

Though Pat Ford travels to Panama for the opportunity to photograph black marlin, he also captures his share of dramatic blue marlin antics, as this image demonstrates.

Marlin Metrics

A well-traveled photographer is drawn to Piñas Bay, Panama, for its black marlin and other hefty cohorts.

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The Hunting Games

When packs of sailfish are working baitballs off Isla Mujeres, the fishing and underwater photography can be otherworldly.

Sometimes even the best-laid plans are disrupted by Mother Nature. When conditions didn’t favor fly-fishing, spinning gear saved the day for the author. Mutton snapper (right) was the prime target.

Saving the Day

Spinning rods and lots of plugs made all the difference when conditions went south on the flats.