Daelyn Mues

Culbertson, NE

Daelyn Mues grew up in her hometown of Culbertson, Nebraska, and started fishing there at the age of three. She started kayak fishing about seven years ago, and loves it for the opportunity it brings to go outside, have fun, and spend time with your family. She has taken part in multiple online and live tournaments since 2015, and took first place in the combined online/live Kayakpalooza in 2017, and has placed top three in every other year she has participated. She also placed top three in the Midwest Kayak Fishing Youth Series. She has multiple Master Angler Citations for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.

Her favorite kayak fishing memory is when her dad (Dustin Mues) found a prehistoric fossil of a (Teleoceras) rhino on Father’s Day! “While fishing for smallmouth bass, my father saw a jaw with teeth (bone) on the bank of the lake.  As he made his way over to the bank, he realized that this was no regular bone, this was bigger, not like a cow, or horse. As he began unearthing the mysterious bone, he uncovered a skull. He did not want to damage the fossil as it was too hard to do it alone. So after placing rocks around the bone to prevent it from becoming damaged, we left the lake to research more about this mysterious skull.” After more and more research, her mom (Jen Mues) finally found a perfect match. It was called a ‘teleoceras’.  “Just to make sure, we got a hold of Paleontologist, Shane Tucker just to make sure our match was correct. After discussing about this fossil we found, we scheduled a day to come back out to excavate it. So a few weeks after the find, we came out with the Paleontologist to show him where to take his boat and even helped excavate it.”

“Fishing provides a time to think, and a reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life.” – Carl Safina