Saturday, December 4, 2021


Pat Ford

Pat Ford honed his sports photography skills at Notre Dame. His first article for Saltwater Sportsman appeared in 1969, and he has shot and written for every major fishing publication since that time. He has held more than two dozen IGFA line class records and now, as a retired Miami trial attorney, spends his time writing books and traveling to exotic locales. See more of his work at


Articles by Pat Ford:

Early Season Alaska

Posted on: 18 Nov 2021

Most anglers believe that Alaska’s Illiamna/Bristol Bay/Katmai fishing season is strictly summer. But that’s not exactly true. Alaska actually offers two totally different fishing periods and your Alaska experience depends on which one you hit. Perhaps the most distinct difference in the two seasons is the availability of king salmon [...]



Winter Off Key West

Posted on: 15 Oct 2021

Credit Pat Ford and Ron Romano These days, there isn’t a fish that you can’t catch on a fly rod: some are just harder to manage than others. King mackerel fall into the “very hard” category despite ranging throughout the Gulf of Mexico and way up the Atlantic coast, even [...]



Hooked and Cooked: Mahi

Posted on: 15 Apr 2021

Mahi-mahi have it rough—even fly-fishers, who often practice catch-and-release as if it were a religion, rarely let them go. You probably know why: Mahi is one of the cleanest and best tasting fishes in the oceans and it is abundant and relatively easy to catch. As a bonus, you don’t [...]



The Best 90 Seconds In Fly Fishing

Posted on: 08 Feb 2021

  If you want to catch tarpon it helps to cast like Andy Mill. Unfortunately, no one casts like Andy Mill . . . except Andy Mill. Fly fishing for tarpon is unpredictable, often frustrating, usually super challenging, and always mucho expensive. It’s also addictive. In my mind, it is [...]