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.


May 5, 2015

May Fishing Forecast 

May is here and it is time to get out there and experience some of the best fishing of the year.  

Grey Trout are still plentiful on the bridges and hard structure surrounding the port.  Target these fish using jigs or spoons up to 1.5 oz like the Breakday Jig or Cast available at Freeman's Bait and Tackle. Expect the best action to be during the last of the incoming through the first of the outgoing.

Flounder are here and getting more plentiful everyday.  The nearshore reefs are your best bet, like the AR315 or 320. Target the various structures located on these reefs with 1.5 to 2.5 oz bucktails, like the Breakday Bucktail or Spro carried by Freemans tipped with Z man jerk shadz or 4" Gulp shrimp.  Vary your jigging action but be sure to keep your rod at or below the 9 o'clock position to ensure plenty of arc left for hook set. Once hooked, avoid pumping the fish to the surface, instead reel steady and let the rod absorb the head shakes. Combine this technique with a landing net to put more flatties in the box. 

Cobia - Water temperatures just hit 68 along the beaches and this is the harbinger for which we have been waiting. Anchor up and chum around the inlets/shoals and use cut bait to bring Mr. Brownsuit running or cruise nearshore waters looking for bait balls and cast jigs, topwater, and live baits to entice any nearby cobia. If so rigged climb up in the tower and hunt them down - sight casting using the same lures mentioned earlier for vicious strikes. 

Red Drum - Cobia aren't the only thing harassing bait balls. plenty of bull red drum will be available and they will hit the same lures or baits as cobia. In addition to the fish on the bait balls, bull drum will also be available along the shoals of cape lookout until they start to enter the estuaries later in the summer for their annual spawn. 

Spanish mackerel will be on the heels of migrating cobia as they have the same water temperature needs.  Target fish trolling planers with small spoons or for a little more sport troll yo zuri deep divers on light spinning rods.  In coming weeks the fish will become thicker offering better opportunities for casters using spoons like the Breakday Jig or Cast or Shore Lures.

Offshore, the mahi bite is going strong with plenty of fish available.  Check out places like the 90 ft drop, the Rise, and the Big Rock proper.  Sea Witches in pink/white and blue/white paired with ballyhoo are the ticket.  There are also plenty of wahoo, blacken/yellowfin tuna available, as well as a decent early showing of sailfish and blue marlin. 

So grab the boat, family, friends and get down to the Crystal Coast for some world class fishing. We have fertile marshes, sounds, creeks, rivers and ocean just waiting for you to explore.  Drop into Freeman's Bait and Tackle, the best tackle shop on the beach, for all your gear needs and expert advice.  They won't steer you wrong.

And above all take a kid fishing, and if not, take someone who has never been!  There is no greater gift that you can give and it's a gift for a lifetime!

Tight lines, Captain Justin Ragsdale, Breakday Charters

April 29, 2015

Atlantic Beach Fishing Forecast/Planner

Inshore - Grey Trout (jigs and spoons around hard structure with deep water access) Red drum (docks, marsh points, oyster bars, and rip rap with good current flow) Speckled Trout (first spawn is on its way, look for specks to be collecting in "inlet type" areas with good current flow) Sheepshead (hard structure - bridges, seawalls, docks, and jetties)

Nearshore - Snapper blues (pretty much anywhere and available to both land and boat anglers) Bonito (the main body should be pushing through shortly, high relief structure on near shore ARs) Flounder (AR wrecks and reef with increased movement to the beach and inside the inlet) Cobia (as nearshore temps increase into upper sixties look for migrating fish following the bait balls off the beaches, buoy chains, inlets, shoals with some fish being available in the near ocean sound) Spanish Mackerel (these guys will arrive with the cobia look for them to be hanging on the ARs, along the beaches, and sloughs/rips of the inlets and shoals)

Offshore - Bottom fishing offers excellent shots at triggerfish, snapper, black sea bass and grouper. Grouper season opens May 1 and American Red Snapper season should be announced soon (Hard bottom both natural and artificial) Gulf steam fishing continues to produce consistent action with blackfin, mahi, wahoo, and to a lesser extent yellowfin (areas producing include the Wall, the Rise and the Big Rock proper)

So folks, get you gear (surf, pier, boat) grab family and friends or book a guide and GO FISH!  Come to Freeman's Bait and Tackle on the AB causeway for honest reports/info and the best tackle prices on the beach!

Tight lines,
Captain Justin Ragsdale

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