North Carolina Fishing Guides

Hi! My name is Captain Jeff Koen of Salt and Swamp Guide Service. When you’re searching for Inner Banks fishing charters, make sure to chose Salt and Swamp, one of the best fishing guide services in Eastern North Carolina. As a full-time professional guide, my goal is to ensure you a safe and productive day on some of the best fishing Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

North Carolina Fishing Charters with Captain Jeff Koen

I started fishing a long time ago when I was just 10 years old. Much of that was in farm ponds for panfish. As a kid, I fell in love with the pull of nearly anything that would bite my bait. That hasn’t changed much. However, my knowledge of how to make it happen more often and for a greater variety of fish has.

I got my first gun for Christmas when I was 12. My life has not been the same since. That year I was able to kill my first rabbit. I still remember it as if it happened yesterday.

After marrying my wife, I joined the military. During that 20+ years of service, I was able to fish and hunt in a number of states and different bodies of water; from ponds to rivers and oceans. I enjoyed the military and that experience has helped make me who I am today.

After retirement from the military, I had a few jobs trying to figure out my next career. I landed a job with Pitt County Schools in North Carolina as a JROTC Instructor. There, I discovered my joy of teaching, influencing many young people, and helping shape their lives. After 11 years of service to Pitt County and the youth at South Central High School, I decided to take the military uniform off for good. The 31 years of serving in uniform was a great experience. It was simply time to do something else. That brings me to what I hope to be my final working endeavor.

While fishing in North Carolina with a local fishing guide near me, I found out that there weren’t many fishing guides in my area who devote themselves to full-time guiding. At that moment, I thought that my love for hunting, fishing, and teaching could be put to good use.

I have been fishing the East Coast for the past 20 years; still learning about all that it has to offer. Learning is the key to success in this life and I am a student daily. God has been good to me. I have been blessed with my wife of 39 years of wedded bliss, three beautiful daughters, and now 10 grandchildren. The best part is that I am still young enough to enjoy it.

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