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 21, 2016

With cooler temps moving in the trout bite is starting to pick up. Try your luck around the jetties and sea walls. Radio island has been a great place to pick up a few keepers as well. Flounder is open and hitting around radio island and duke marine. Throw a gulp on a popper around the marshes you might snag a slot red drum. Kings seem to be running hot and some dolphin are still in the area as well. Trolling around triple nickel might produce some surprises!

Enjoy the weekend!   

June 3, 2016

Well it’s looking like the cobia are gonna be around a little bit longer, we’ve weighed a few fish over the past couple of days. Most of the fish are still coming from fishing around the baitballs and soaking baits on the bottom. It seems over the last week we had a nicer class of fish show up in good numbers. When sight casting to these fish, your best bet is gonna be throwing live eels, eel imitations, and bucktails. If you're bottom fishing, you're gonna wanna be soaking live and dead menhaden on the bottom in combination with a chum bag. The way things are looking these fish are gonna stay around for another week or two as fish are still being caught to the south of us.  Be sure to weigh in at the store to participate in our COBIA CASH contest...your chance to win a gift certificate or the $100 cash prize.  

Spanish fishing over the past week has been hot, with good numbers of fish coming in. Most of these fish have been caught trolling clarkspoons in the 0 and 00 size in gold and silver. Also fishing squid rigs and mackerel trees has been very effective.The best bite has been out around Cape lookout and fishing between Beaufort inlet and the Doubletree Resort. If you can find the fish in good numbers, throwing small jigs is a good way to fill a cooler, plus it’s some great fun. There’s also quite a few bluefish coming from the same areas as the spanish.
Sheepshead fishing has been on fire over the past week with lots of fish being caught. Most of the action has been coming from around the bridges and the port wall area. Anglers have had the best luck fishing live fiddler crabs and sea urchins. We have both In-Stock if you're looking to give it a try this weekend.

Flounder fishing around the artificial reefs has been good with quite a few fish being caught, most of the fish are coming from around 315, 320 and 330. Your best bet at catching these fish is gonna be a 2oz bucktail tipped with a 4 inch Berkley Gulp shrimp. It wouldn't be a bad idea to fish a live mud minnow on a carolina rig around the same areas you fish the jigs.

The turning basin area has been producing well with lots of sea mullet, croakers, grey trout, hogfish, and bluefish making up the majority of the catch. These fish can be caught fishing bottom rigs or spec rigs tipped with fish bites or fresh shrimp.

As far as the backwaters go, things are beginning to heat up with a couple of nice size reds and speckled trout coming from the marshes and creeks. They've done well fishing the creeks and marshes off the Neuse and Newport river. Right now is a good time to fish topwater lures such as Top-dogs or zara spooks real early in the morning or late in the afternoon to create some explosive strikes.

The fishing off the pier has been hot lately with good catches of Spanish and bluefish, most are having success plugging, throwing Got-cha plugs off the end. From what we've heard there’s been a few cobia hooked off the pier and a couple more have been spotted.

From the surf most anglers are having good luck with Croakers, Sea mullet, Bluefish, Pompano, Black drum, Red drum, and a few flounder. When fishing from the surf a bottom rig tipped with fresh shrimp or some fish bites should produce some good action.

As far as the bluewater goes, things have been good with good numbers of fish coming in. The dolphin bite has been good over the past few weeks with the fish moving in closer. Your best bet would be fishing around the 14 buoy and the 90ft drop. If you're looking for a wahoo, you're gonna wanna run out towards the Big rock as there have been a few caught in that area.

Offshore bottom fishing has remained strong with good numbers of Black sea bass, B-Liners, triggerfish, grouper, and snapper. Most of the fish can be caught fishing squid and cigar minnows on the bottom.

Stop on by and we will get you on the fish!! Or give us a call at 252-726-2607
Happy fishing!

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