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Harvey's Place

Harvey Johnson a newly retired doctor

What fishing gear should you acquire for your kids?

If you have started fishing at an early age or you simply fancy fishing now and then with your friends and family, you may be interested on what type of kids fishing gear you should buy if you want to teach them fishing as well. As this activity is not exactly intended for children, if you do want them to accompany you in your adventures, you need to take extra care on what type of gear you choose. When it comes to kids, you must think about protection first and then about practicality. As such, before determining what type of rods and reels they need, check for protection equipment that will keep them safe in less safe situations.


First and foremost, you must choose the most appropriate clothing for them. This means you should pick pants, shirts and jackets that protect them from the cold weather, but keep them comfortable in a sunny day. Protection from the sun can also be secured by acquiring fishing hats that you can find in a variety of sizes and shapes and designed especially for children. This small item will keep the heat away and eliminate the risk of sunstroke, if it happens that the day is warmer than expected and you have no place where to hide from the sun. Nevertheless, a simple hat won’t be able to provide 100% protection for kids. Sunscreen with a high SPF is the safest way to avoid sunburns, to which the little ones are prone to and to allow them to enjoy their outdoor trips.


However, the sun is not the only factor you should be worried about. Insects are another fango4source of danger for small children. A lot of them roam near the water and some of them can be harmful for the little ones, while others are only uncomfortable to deal with in a sunny day. They can be kept at a distance by using insect sprays and creams. Additionally, hats fitted with mosquito nets will make an even better job, if your kid is more sensitive than others to insect bites. Shoes made with strong and impermeable materials can be an extra protection factor that will eliminate the risk of accidents and make sure they don’t hurt their feet while running around and playing in nature.

Since the little ones are more likely to suffer accidents and they pay less attention to the surrounding environment, they may injure themselves in tree branches or pointed objects. As such, never forget to have a medical first aid kit with you and replenish its supplies every time you go on a trip. A simple bandage or antibiotic cream can make the difference between a wonderful fishing expedition and one that ends in disaster.


Once all these are rightly set in place and stuffed in your luggage, you can start thinking about fishing gear for kids. Famous brands have recently included in their range of products small fishing kits designed for youngsters that you can acquire depending on their tastes and age at affordable prices.

Four-year-old Sam Timpone of California hooks into a nice 1-pound rainbow as his grandfather, Rich Young, Chehalis, cheers him on. This family had been here before, they knew the closer you stood to the nets holding the fish back from entering the big waters, the better your chances for hauling in the big fish.

How to manage as a retired doctor – a short guide

It may sound awkward to some, but for those who have embraced a medical career my story will sound familiar. Being a surgeon, especially, means that your life is not yours anymore, and you grow more convinced of that after a couple of years in the field. It’s not only about the long shifts, the long surgeries, but it is about the long hours spent at home trying to keep yourself updated with the newest medical discoveries or trying to find time (in your spare time) to attend conferences and meetings that may prove helpful to you. It’s a life of pressure and of responsibility, one in which you need to keep yourself alert at all times that you are operating on people and that, sometimes, their lives are in your hands and that’s why you can’t afford to feel tired or sloppy. This is how your existence progresses, until, one day, you need to give up this lifestyle.


For people who are absorbed by their careers, not because they want to, but because they need to, in order to do their jobs at an outstanding level, retiring is like landing on Mars. You go out one day and you realize you’ve missed a lot, things were built, places have changed and you never noticed, not because you weren’t there in those years, but because you barely had time to take a look at them. You now have so much time on your hands that you feel like you’re spending someone else’s and it makes you feel guilty. Well, in such occasions, you need to keep yourself busy with whatever hobby you can find. You start digging through things that you haven’t touched since college years, you reconnect with old friends – you find out that some of them died or they moved abroad, some of them may be retired like you, and if you are lucky they also live close by. So, together, you decide there’s something you got to do with this insane amount of free time.


That’s how I got into fishing. I have never been a fan of any sports, except for jogging, out of necessity, and biking. Surprisingly, I’ve discovered fishing is not so bad either and, if you have some financial resources for a decent fishing kit, you may even be rewarded with catching some great specimens. Even so, you discover you still have a lot of free time that you don’t know how to dispose of. So, you ask around for inspiration hoping others can offer you a piece of good advice. In my case, it was my son, who believed that my relationship with my grandchildren needs to be heavily improved, since I missed a lot of family reunions in the last 10-20 years. I’m quite sure he’s trying to get back at me for missing all those birthdays and important events in his life, though he also motivated his request by saying that he remembers some of our trips in nature, biking or hiking back in the days when he was still a child and I still had some free days. He thought I could take his kids out and showed them how to love nature. I said I’d do it, why not be of help to my grandchildren and have some fun in the meantime? After all, I am a doctor, what’s the worst that could happen? But, since I still have some free time left, I’m gonna write about what we’re doing when we’re out fishing and hiking on this blog. Hope me and my grandchildren will find things in common to enjoy.


  • Family is the most important thing.
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