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.


October 1, 2015

Hope everyone has had a good week, at the beach it has been hit and miss with rain, wind, and very high tides. However with all the odds stacked against us this past week we have still had a pretty decent bite going on from the surf.

The Atlantic Beach Surf Fishing Challenge is still a go.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have had several phone calls today about the Surf Fishing Challenge and have decided to make a go of it. We have several people signed up and ready to fish. Don't forget to come by the store and pick up your beach 4wd access, also we have goodie bags packed with all kinds of neat items for everyone that enters. I would like to give a special thanks to Cody and the Sea Tow staff for helping out with the goodies bags.

Surf Fishing:

There has been very nice Blues and Spanish Mackerel being caught from the beaches this week, most of the fish have been caught on Got-cha plugs and fresh Mullet, the rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park has seen probably the best action this week with the Spanish and Blues. We have had daily reports of nice Spanish and Blues being caught off the oceanana pier this week. There has been reports of nice pompano being caught near the Double Tree Hotel. We had a 45 inch Red Drum caught this week at Fort Macon State Park, that fish was caught on fresh mullet. we have had reports of Spots, Sea Mullets, and Flounder being caught. Fishing with fresh shrimp, squid, Fresh Mullet, Blood Worms, live Mud Minnows and live Finger Mullets will surely get you a bite on the surf fish. Casting Got-cha plugs, Sea Striker Surf Spoon, and Shore Lure Glass Minnow will find you the bite on the Blues and Spanish.


There has not been a whole lot of action going on this week inshore, I do know of some good Spanish Mackerel and Blues that have been caught in the Shipping Channel, Beaufort Inlet, Willis's Lumps, and The Shoals at Cape Lookout. Trolling 0 Clark Spoons have worked real good for the boats fishing from our charter fleet. Island Girl Charter limited out on Spanish Mackerel, Blues, and Albacore several times this past week. I had a couple of customers that have caught a few flounder this week drifting and jigging a Double Spro Buck tail rig out by the Coast Guard Station this week. A few Spots, Sea Mullet, and Grey Trout have been caught around the holes in the Turn Basin. Hopefully this week things will get to normal. Good Luck to all the anglers fishing the U.S. Open this Weekend.


I had a couple friends and a handful of the Charter Fleet fish yesterday, Most of the boats that fished came back to the docks with 12 to 15 Wahoo and nice Black Fin Tuna. Just as soon as this weather clears up it sounds like the Wahoo bite will be on fire!

Don't forget to Grab a rod and head to the beach and fish the Atlantic Beach Surf Fishing Challenge this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Fishing,

Capt. Steve

September 24, 2015

Hope everyone is having a great week! Well the fishing has been very slow this week due to the low pressure system parked off our coast . Nothing but wind and rain here . I apologize for such a short fishing report but there really hasn't been a lot of fishing this week.

Don't forget the Freeman's Surf Fish Challenge October 2nd - 4th 2015. You can Pre - Register at www.freemanstackle.com or come by the store. The awards banquet will be held at the Atlantic Beach Pavillion, BBQ Pig and all the sides will be served, and a DJ to play all your favorite songs, We do have 50 free 4 wheel drive beach passes available for this weekend. So come on out and join us for a weekend of surf fishing.


Surf and Pier:

The surf fishermen have reported good catches of Blue Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Red Drum, a few Sea Mullet, Spots and Croakers. Casting Got-cha plugs from the beach has been catching Blue Fish and Spanish Mackerel very well. Cut Mullet on the bottom has been very effective on the Blue Fish and Red Drum. Fishing fresh Shrimp, Squid, and Blood Worms will get you the bites from the Sea Mullets, Spots, And Croaker. Fishing live Mud Minnows, Finger Mullet and Gulp baits will get you in to the Flounder and Red Drum bite . Fishing has been very good from Fort Macon State Park all the way down to Pine Knoll Shores.

The Oceanana reports good Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon, fishing got- cha plugs from the end of the pier is the best choice. The Spots, Croaker, and Sea Mullets seemed to biting a little better in the evening, fishing fresh shrimp, squid, and blood worms works the best.


The inshore bite has been very good. Spanish Mackerel and nice Blue Fish from the Turn Basin to the Shoals at Cape Lookout. 00 Clark Spoons and 0 Spoons pulled behind a #1 Planer has been catching the fish. The false Albacore bite continues to be hot, we have had reports from our Inshore Charter Boats that the albacore have been  nailing the Clark Spoons, also cast Diamond Jigs, Casting Spoons, and a Shad Jerk baits. A few slot size Red Drum and Speckle Trout along with Flounder  have been caught in the back marshes. I fished the Port wall on Monday and caught 6 Flounder, 1 throw backs and 1 keeper. I caught these fish on a double Spro rig tipped with 4 inch Gulp swimming mullet that we have started using here at the shop, it was very effective on the flounder, just wished they were a little bigger. Fishing the first hour of the out going tide seems to be the time to catch the flounder. I have just got reports of the spot showing up in the turn basin, fresh shrimp and blood worms will be the best bait to use. There has been reports of some nice Grey Trout being caught in the turn basin, Spec Rigs tipped with fresh shrimp will be your best choice.  Thereis tons of bait in the turn basin and up and down the beaches, all the finger mullet you want.


No boats have been able to fish this week, when they boat are able to get back out I am sure the Wahoo, Black fin and Yellow fin should be biting.

Have a good weekend !

Capt. Steve 

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