In business since 1967, Freeman's Discount Bait & Tackle is Atlantic Beach's oldest and best established bait and
tackle shop. We're located on the left just before the Atlantic Beach light, the closest tackle shop to the Oceanana Pier.
NC Coastal Fishing License

Over 1900 square feet of retail space, Freeman's offers the largest selection of Shimano and Penn reels, Custom Key
Largo rods and Shakespear Ugly Stik rods. Inshore and offshore tackle by Iland Lure, Blue Water Candy, Sea Striker,
Berkley Gulp and many hard to find items. Fresh, frozen, live and artificial baits, along with in house rod and reel
Our experienced staff is always on hand to offer free advice and friendly service.
Look for the BLUE bait shop, Freeman's Discount Bait & Tackle, for all your fishing needs.





SPECKLED TROUT season has opened, and there have been some nice fish caught from the Core Creek area.  We've also had reports
of nice catches in the haystacks and marsh areas.  Our live shrimp or gulp baits are working best.  We've heard top water
plugs are working as well on the SPECKS.  
FLOUNDER may be the best thing going near shore right now.  More keepers every day.  Drift fishing the back side of Shackleford,
near the coast guard station or port wall with live mud minnows will give you the best chance.  Deep channels and structures as well
will probably hold FLOUNDER.  Near shore reefs have also remained strong for FLOUNDER.  
SHEEPSHEAD fishing remains strong.  Our high rise bridge, as well as most other bridges and docks, will offer a good opportunity
to catch one. Sea Urchins are working best. 
SPAINISH MACKEREL are still being caught in good numbers.  Trolling Clarkspoons behind planers, or trolling weights and squid rigs
behind birds, are working well when trolled in the inlet and along our beaches.  Mornings and afternoons when they surface to feed
are still the best times.  Slow trolling live menheden on one of our live bait rigs is the best way to catch big SPAINISH.
DRUM in the haystacks and marsh areas are falling for top water plugs.  They are still catching the occasional DRUM from the surf, as well using cut mullet and soft plastic baits.  
Offshore fisherman have been having no trouble catching big numbers of DOLPHIN.  A few BLACKFIN TUNA and WAHOO as well.  Boats are dropping their lines at the 90' drop and heading towards The Rise and Big Rock.  Some small DOLPHIN have been caught as near as AR 315 recently. 

Come see us at Freeman's to get the latest.  
Happy fishin' folks.

4/29/14 Atlantic Beach Fishing Report

Anglers are hooking plenty of sea mullet and gray trout in the turning basin. The best action coming
around the fuel docks on Radio Island. Spec and bottom rigs baited with shrimp and squid attract
attention from both. Surf caster's are hooking a mix bag of bottom fish including sea mullet, pigfish,
croaker, spot, puffers, and more. Shrimp and squid on bottom rigs is working best. Some red drum
as well are feeding in the surf zone and biting squid and cut mullet. Schools of slot and over -slot reds
are working the shoals at Cape Lookout hooked mainly on a variety of soft and hard baits. Offshore,
bottom fisherman are connecting with beeliners, triggerfish, black sea bass, grunts, and more. There
has also been a large number of cobra reported in the 30 mile range, and those fish should be on their
way towards our beaches over the coming month. Blue water trolleys are connecting with good numbers
of wahoo and some black fin and yellow fin tuna while pulling skirted ballyhoo along the break.

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