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.





Even with inconsistent water the SPANISH fishing is still an option.  Trolling up and down the beaches with Clarkspoons is still best. Trolling with live bait will be your best option for a larger SPAINISH or KING.  The KING bite has spiked some this past week.  We weighed a 29lb KING caught on a dead cigar minnow in the Beaufort Inlet.  We have had other reports as well of KING action near shore.  The WAHOO reports were also good this week with many boats landing up to 10 and 11 fish on an outing.  We weighted a 77lb WAHOO caught near the Atlas Tanker.  
Bottom fishing has also been good around the 30 mile range.  You’ll find GROUPER TRIGGERS, BLACK SEA BASS, B LINERS, BANDED RUDDER FISH and other tasty fish.  Boston mackerel, cigars and squid work well.  
Inshore action consists mainly of FLOUNDER and SHEEPSHEAD fishing.  Drifting with live mullet or mud minnows is you best option.  Around the port wall and the Atlantic Beach bridge are two good areas to try.  The SHEEPSHEAD seem to be everywhere.  Most any sea wall, channel marker or structure in water seems to be holding the SHEEPS.  Sea Urchins is a good bait to use.  
The DRUM fishing has been especially good near the Minnesott Beach area.  60lb DRUM are being caught on airheads suspended under popping corks.  Locally, the marshes are good areas to find the DRUM.  Top water tackle, live baits and soft plastics will be effective.  



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.

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