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.


February 17, 2018



Red Drum are still in tight schools and moving in an out of the inlets. There have been more Red Drum on the beach than on the inside. Shackelford Banks and Atlantic Beach are both decent places to spend a day looking for the schools of Drum. Smaller Sheepshead and Tautog are being caught near the port wall on bait shrimp. Gray Trout might be found at some of the nearshore reefs, jigging a stingsilver would be your best bet for them. Larger Sheepshead can be found on artificial reefs in the same areas as the Gray Trout. Flounder are still on live bottom further out, and can be fished for with a bucktail/gulp shrimp combination. Black Drum have been hanging out at the Cape Lookout Jetty, fresh cut shrimp will be what you want to use for them.

For those venturing offshore, trolling is still the same, with a few scattered Wahoo, Blackfin, and the possibility of a Sailfish. Bottom fishing right now has been the same as last week, with some nice Black Sea Bass, Beeliners, and Triggerfish.                          

Please remember to report all tagged fish to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Tight Lines,
Freemans Bait & Tackle



February 8, 2018

There have been plenty of Black Drum along structure in the ICW, as well as schooling fish along rock jetties and Inlets. There are Red Drum to be had along the beach. The key is finding a nice calm day that will allow you to go out and find them schooled up. In the winter, the slot Red Drum get very concentrated, so when you find one, you will more than likely find many. Places like the old Fort Macon jetty and any areas near inlets will stock-pile the slot Reds right now. Fresh cut shrimp is a great option with these colder water temperatures. Or a gulp shrimp worked very slowly can be hard for them to resist, the key is to fish either stationary or else very slowly for them. Flounder can still be found, but you will need to make the run to much deeper and warmer water with a structure; specifically live bottom areas further offshore. As stated in the last report, if you do have any accidental encounters with Speckled Trout, please be sure to handle them gently, get your hands wet before touching them so you don't remove any of their small scales or their "glycol-protein" slimy coat. If you see any fish with tags, please report all tagged Speckled Trout to the Division of Marine Fisheries.

There are small Sheepshead along the port wall, also some nice Tautog and smaller sized Black Sea Bass. Two hook bottom rigs with shrimp is what you will want to use for these species at this time of the year. If you feel adventurous, there are likely a few schools of Bull Drum out along the Cape Shoals.

We have still yet to hear of any Bluefin Tuna being caught. Further out, there are plenty of False Albacore, along with a few Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna. Bottom fishing remains steady, and yes, Grouper season is closed to recreational anglers. There are plenty of nice Sea Bass out there though. Looks like we will be getting a nice Southwest breeze with temperatures in the 50's and 60's, maybe it will warm up the water and make fishing a little bit easier for us.

Until next time!

Tight Lines from Freeman's Bait and Tackle


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