I am not from that area but from what I can find online the Tar River would be one option. I am not sure how the bass fishing is in it though. Your best bet would be to make friends and hope that they have a pond behind their house stocked with tons of fish lol....Good Luck :)
We fish all the time, couple times a week, in eastern NC. We've found a couple spots to catch bass. Do you have a boat? We've fished everything from ponds, rivers, and lakes. From wilson to the sound. Let me know if you have any specific questions.