Fifth in a series of Fishing Presidents. Today, Gerald Ford
Taking a snooze while deep-sea fishing
during a vacation in the Bahamas.
Photo courtesy of Ford Library
To be fair, the photo at the right is of Gerald Ford while on vacation in April 1966 when he was a Congressman, not the president. Also, Ford didn't take fishing quite as seriously as Herbert Hoover did.
Why should he? Fishing wasn't Ford's favorite hobby. That'd be golf, which he did about as well as he fished.
While researching my book "Celebrity Fish Talk," I managed to squeeze by two Secret Service agents to corral Ford on the driving range before he teed off at the Bob Hope Desert Classic one year. I asked him if he had a fishing story.
He said he wasn't into fishing, that he was always more into team sports. Then he walked off to the first tee to play an individual sport.
There was no documentation about Ford catching any fish on that April day in 1966. He definitely caught a nap, though.