Regardless of how good the fishing is right now, here’s a very good reason to pick up a good book about fishing. Author Ed Doherty is a Massachusetts fishermen who lives to cast the Cape Cod Canal and has just written Seven Miles After Sundown. It’s tight with a lifetime of stories, counsel, characters and spot on recommendations. East End Eddie, as he’s known on the bank, has seen the canal change during his long tenure there and has a well researched sure thing secret spot. He shared that location with me on a plane ride to Washington DC to talk fish with our legislators a few months back.
Nonetheless, Eddie’s written a fine book that’s been selected as a finalist for a 2019 International Book Award in the Sports Category. Chosen from more than 2,000 books, this is a real tip of the camo hat to his writing skills. What’s more, the book was the number one New Release in the fishing section of Amazon.
As has often been the case with fishermen with whom I cross paths, Eddie is a total character. He enlivens every conversation with a dynamite authentic Boston accent flavoring a rare knowledge of both recreational and political/bureaucratic side of catching and protecting fish. His book is worth every hour you spend reading through his stories and observations about fishing what has become almost an out of control spectacle of big fish being hauled up on the rocks through wicked tides and currents.
There’s an honest toughness to his tone sometimes; Eddy spent a career in the courts, watching wise guys and petty criminals go through the system so the Canal was a perfect getaway from all that. You can find his new book on Amazon or contact him at BigDitchProductions on the web.
Don’t save this one for winter; there’s bass in the canal now and Eddie has the tips you’re going to need.
As for that secret location, well, as all good fishermen are such kings at keeping secret sweet spots secret, Eddie swore me to keep it that way and I’m not messing with that guy.