Do you love big bluegill?
air photos show lots of reed lines and many other creeks, what is your success story for this area what are the depths you fished? in the reed line? live bait? bobbers?
I don't have much experience there, but buddies who do like a couple of shorter creeks (like Batchelor) slightly upstream on the Neuse. they mostly fish the deep holes with minnows the last couple of months.
Check out this post:
Some good info and the guy who started it has followed up over the winter fishing the area pretty heavily.
I went here and followed the Trent river from Hwy 17 to the HWY 70 bridge, then i took and came closer and made copies and was able to created a map i can carry in pocket to insure i am where i want to be