I know a few of the Kahawai I’ve caught down there have shown some significant damage that doesn’t look like couta damage. I know a few guys who flyfish out in the sea and often see kingies harassing the kahawai as they are forming up. You’d need a fair bit of line to get a livie out past the bar at the moment and chances are with the numbers that have been fishing down there lately some bugger would catch your live bait.
Its pretty murky down there today. stopped in for a nosey on the way back from kaikoura and reckon it’ll be at least a couple of days before it clears.