Nigel Haywood

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About Nigel Haywood

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  • Birthday 03/17/1955


  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    playing the bassoon, running marathons
  • What I do for a living:
    Postgraduate Research Student in biology, Bournemouth University

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    Corfe Castle, Dorset

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  1. Thanks flysully, I can see where you're coming from on this. My brother was over last year and spent most of his time looking for new marks. I'm not overly concerned about the fishing. However bad it is, there are more bass, and bigger, there than there are here, for a start. I mainly come over because I enjoy wandering round the Cape chatting to people. It's an environment I feel very at home in - I come from Falmouth, and went to school in Truro, for a start (just not the ones on the Cape). And I love the bookshops. And it's great to meet people from these pages. So your point about Covid is even more compelling - I like coming to a laid-back, conversational, artistic environment, and I worry that those atmospherics might be missing this year. Thanks for the Boston wishes: I first ran it 25 years ago, and I come back when I can. If not September, I hope there will be next April, and, by cramming in a race last October, I already have the qualifying time. Shame it doesn't coincide with any fishing. Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it.
  2. You're not the first. It still makes me smile!
  3. Thanks FishHawk. In January I booked two return flights to Boston, one was April, now turned into a voucher, which I'll probably use for the Boston Marathon next year; the other for June, which may or may not be used in September. Although I rely on British Airways surviving. These are crazy times, and I'm following everyone's advice on C-19 with considerable interest, locked peacefully in my garden shed trying to meet an end of April deadline. Looking forward to getting over there at some stage!
  4. Many thanks RJ, I'm keeping everything under review. I'm not convinced Boston will go ahead either, which will be a bummer. Stay safe!
  5. I wear Simms flats sneakers much of the time over waders. Especially on the Cape. Excellent. Easy to pack, good to walk in, good grip - don't need studs, so you can wear them in a boat. Bit of corrosion setting in, because I haven't worn them for a while. On the other hand they're over ten years old, so it would be churlish to complain. Addition: and there they are in my photo.
  6. Fingers crossed RJ, but I'm not optimistic. We'll be there the first week of June if we can, staying at Doryman. Thanks for all the info! Fallback position for me at least is September, as I plan to run the rescheduled Boston Marathon and then tack a few days on the end. In fact, if travel is allowed, I'll probably do that anyway, and perhaps try Nantucket or the Vineyard (neither of which I've ever fished) to see if I can get a bonito or albacore.
  7. Not fished the Cape since June 2016, but as the project I've been working on is coming to an end, I plan on coming back at the beginning of June. And, in an ideal world, to keep coming back. There should be at least five or six of us at Dennis Port again, Covid 19 willing. Sorry that Mike looks like he won't be able to make it, fingers crossed that he has a speedy recovery and the wetsuit/DH combo will be visible again out on the flats before too long. I've just looked at photos of the sand bars: obviously need to completely rethink things when a tub becomes a tide race. Anyhow, I really hope that a few of you I've met up with in the past will be around, you've helped make all the previous visits memorable.
  8. Ah Mike, I should be heading to the Cape this year for the first time since 2016, and I was hoping to see you again. Really sorry to hear about what you've been going through. Very best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
  9. Packing up now ready to head back to the UK. Another great ten days: more fish than last year (though not as many big ones) even if the last few days have been a bit patchy. It's been good to meet so many people from this board - I've had some great conversations, many thanks to you all for being so friendly. A lot learnt, and a lot to digest. Don't think I'll be able to smuggle rods out when I'm back in September, so another year to get my act together for the next time (even though I know I'll end up chucking everything I can find into a bag the night before). Squish: you were right about the Handpresso.
  10. It was the other one. I was over catching smaller beasts on Brewster at the time. The location in question has been pretty dead since yesterday morning, for such is the way of things.
  11. Well done Sound Fly. Nice picture: and there's a familiar looking background! Last minute panic now, but a 0350 start tomorrow and I'm on the way.
  12. Still packing. The eternal questions - is a bunch of 8 weights still enough? Should I bring a 9 or 10? If so, when would I use it? Why? What about a 6 for estuaries? Do I have enough poppers? Should I redo all my shooting heads? Why do I even bother bringing reels with full lines? Is there room for the Handpresso? Just how many pairs of sunglasses am I likely to lose? And so on. On the plane on Wednesday morning, Dennisport Wednesday evening, Monomoy Coffee Shop Thursday morning.
  13. I was wondering the same, John. I think an expedition might be called for.
  14. Haven't got round to tying yet. But I'm practising (or, as you might write, practicing) mispronouncing place-names and putting Rs into words that don't normally have them, like car and third floor.
  15. To be fair, he only missed last year. But it'll be good if he really is back this year. Top angler.