Doesn’t matter to much where you go at Amberly or Birdlings Flat just have a bait in the water. Yeah that was me at the sawdust pits the swell did get pretty rough but was fishable, think I fished till about 11 with no hits at all on crab, put some fish bait out and caught a dogfish before I packed up.
Rig in Lyttelton were all females I think. Yeah I had the same thing happen to me at Diamond Harbour last season got smoked and broken off, re-baited and landed a 23lb rig then went quiet for the rest of the night. Has to be one of the worst spots for sea lice though.
Crab works best, if not prawns work.