Lincoln navigator: ‘I was a kid’
The son of a former Marine Corps major general, Lincoln navigators the country’s waterways on a daily basis.
He also has an uncanny knack for spotting animals that he has seen before.
He was a child when he was introduced to the waters.
“My dad said I had to see it and he said, ‘Oh, you gotta be kidding me,'” Lincoln recalled in an interview with CNN.
He grew up in the area of El Cajon, Calif., where he was raised by his grandparents.
Lincoln was a junior at El Caja High School in L.A. and played basketball.
“I remember it was like a second home to me,” he said.
Lincoln has seen dolphins, turtles, porpoises, and whales in the waters around his home.
He has been a big fish hunter and is known for being able to pick up fish from deep in the ocean.
“He was like, ‘You gotta be serious,'” Lincoln said.
“You know, I was like 6 or 7 and I remember getting the biggest tuna I’ve ever seen.”
Lincoln was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2008.
“It was a scary time for me,” said his mother, Mary Lou.
Lincoln was given an MRI and discovered that he had some neurological issues. “
Then, in college, I went to UCLA and my dad said, `Hey, we gotta move.'”
Lincoln was given an MRI and discovered that he had some neurological issues.
Lincoln’s condition became a concern, and his parents decided to give him an MRI at UCLA in 2013.
“That was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life,” he recalled.
“The doctors said I could have a stroke and that I couldn’t be out on the street.”
At the time, Lincoln was an avid fisherman.
He had never been to the coast before, but he knew of fishermen in his neighborhood who were doing fine.
“When I was about 13 years old, I caught fish in my backyard and that’s where my fascination with fish came from,” Lincoln said in the CNN interview.
“So, I started fishing.
I just started going out and catching.
And I went from there.”
Lincoln began catching fish at a local pier.
He says he caught more than 2,000 pounds of fish in the span of a year.
He caught a fish called a “carp” in the pool, and he has a photo of it on his wall in his backyard.
“At the time I was really interested in catching fish,” Lincoln told CNN.
“And, so, my dad would have me do a couple of fishing trips a year and catch fish.
It was really fun.”
Lincoln has since gone on to become an avid angler.
He started fishing in 2014 and has been hooked on his hobby ever since.
“Growing up, I wasn’t really fishing,” he told CNN in the interview.
He continued to work in the fishing industry, even though he did not graduate from college.
“In high school, I never went fishing,” Lincoln explained.
“But, I did go fishing in college and, you know, it was really my first job and I never stopped doing it.”
He went on to get a bachelor’s degree in fisheries management from Southern California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.
Lincoln is now pursuing his bachelor’s in fisheries science and has begun his doctoral studies at Southern California.
“As a kid, I didn-I didn’t know anything about fish,” he explained.
Lincoln began fishing as a child, and when he got older, he continued to do so.
“Fish was always in my family,” he continued.
“Every time I saw a fish, I wanted to catch it.
So, I guess I’ve always been interested in it.”
“I’ve been fishing since I was in middle school,” Lincoln continued.
Lincoln, who has been working as a recreational angler for the past five years, said that the hobby has allowed him to experience life as a full-time angler and has given him a much-needed perspective on the ocean that he could not have otherwise.
“Being a kid growing up, fishing was just something that you did at home,” he added.
“People don’t always understand that.
And so, I try to educate myself and help other people, because I know I have a lot to teach.”
He believes that the water is not just a recreational activity, but it can be a life-changing experience.
“If you get the opportunity to fish, it can bring you to the moon,” he stated.
“No matter where you are, the ocean is just amazing.”