Hi BamBam and welcome to NCangler.com and NC. I haven't fished around the New Bern area so I'll let someone else speak to the specifics there. But I wanted to mention that a few more miles down the road in Havelock is one of our NC Angler Sponsor members (Luremaker) Lew at Lew's Rod and Reel/Stumphugger Baits (506 E. Main St. Havelock, NC 28532 (252)447.8880). Lew would be able to give you some great information on what is biting, where and what to use. Post some pictures and fishing reports when you're up here.