Eddie Doherty fished the East End of the Cape Cod Canal so often that other fishermen started calling him East End Eddie. Thus, a nick name and pen name were born together. Doherty is a graduate of Dominican Academy, Attleboro High School and the University of South Florida. He worked for almost 37 years in the Massachusetts Court system where he became the youngest Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in the state at age 25 for the Attleboro District Court before being appointed 18 years later to the lifetime position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Wrentham District Court by His Excellency, A. Paul Cellucci, Governor of the Commonwealth. He heard evidence on everything from speeding to murder, but now in retirement is hearing the sounds of his grandchildren’s giggle and of striped bass breaking the surface of the ocean.
The author has fished the warm currents of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the powerful Atlantic surf pounding the rugged coast of Maine. He has surf cast along the striper coast all the way down to the clear tropical inlets of the Florida Keys. His cousins in Ireland took him from Ballyjamesduff to the River Shannon where he wet a line in the same water that had sustained his ancestors with fish during the potato famine long ago. He has been privileged to have fished Sakonnet with Charley Soares, Chappaquiddick with D.J. Muller and the Cape Cod Canal with Patrick Kearney.
Doherty has been published in Cape Cod Magazine, On The Water, The Fisherman Magazine, Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, The Sun Chronicle, Coastal Angler Magazine and the Congressional Record. He fishes in the Stan Gibbs Cape Cod Canal Fisherman’s Classic every year and his striped bass entry won the shore division in his first Buzzards Bay Anglers Club Fall Derby. He lives close to the Cape Cod Canal in Mattapoisett with his wife Joanne.
“Doherty’s writing demonstrates the excitement of surfcasting.” - Nick “Sunshine” Tokman, deckhand as seen on Discovery Channel’s DEADLIEST CATCH.
“Ed is an accomplished canal surf fisherman…” - Charley Soares, full time author, newspaper columnist & guide.
“East End Eddie understands Canal culture - the characters, scenery, legends and laughs.” – Kevin Blinkoff, Executive Editor, ON THE WATER
“Eddie Doherty is a great fisherman and a gifted story-teller, whose love of the water radiates from every page.” - Ted Widmer, former WHITE HOUSE speech writer for President Bill Clinton.
“East End Eddie Doherty reveals what makes up the mind, body and soul of a true Canal Rat.” - Toby Lapinski, Editor, THE FISHERMAN MAGAZINE