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.





Anglers are catching moderate numbers of SPANISH MACKEREL while trolling the Beaufort Inlet and along the beachfront with Clarkspoons. Casting metal jigs around the inlet has had some success as well. Bigger SPANISH action can be found around near shore structures like AR 35 and 285, using live baits and dead cigar minnows.

 KINGS are making a good showing at structures like NW places and Atlas tanker; the bite will only get better as summer turns to fall. Live menhaden and cigar minnows are the best use.  The near shore FLOUNDER bite is still solid around the artificial reefs and other structures within a few miles of the beach. Most fish are falling for bucktails tipped with gulp baits. The inshore FLOUNDER bite is good as well. Atlantic Beach bridge, port wall, near the inlets and channels. Finger mullet, muds and gulp baits are effective on the FLOUNDER. Some nice GREY TROUT have been caught in the same places as FLOUNDER, biting bucktails and metal jigs. SHEEPSHEAD have been found at the port, near bridges and docks and around oysters in the marshes. Sea urchins seem to work best. RED DRUM have been scarce but some can be found in the marshes around Core Creek, the haystacks and Carrot Island.  Soft plastics, topwater and live baits under popping corks are effective.  Surf casters are hooking a mix of SEA MULLET, POMPANO, RED and BLACK DRUM and more. Shrimp, cut mullet, bloodworms and sand fleas work best. 

For offshore, WAHOO has been the majority of the action. Big catches on the east side as well as the Big Rock area. There has been some nice SAILFISH action just a few miles offshore recently, and also in the gulfstream. Bottom fisherman are hooking plenty of GROUPER, TRIGGERS, SEA BASS and more at offshore ledges and wrecks.  Squid, Boston mackerel and cigar minnows will do the job.          

Happy Fishin'.



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.  

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