Lisa i know the area you area looking at fishing very well, to be honest the hoamoana mouth would be more productive. Pilles are the go in ether place. you could float a whole pilchard on a running or pully rig. about 750mm is a good distance. or you can cut your pillie in half fishing a 2 hook ledger rig. get as close to the mouth as possible and fish the sweepers that run around the corners as these push the fish through behind the white bait.
other good areas…
esk river mouth….. via le quanne rd or north chore
clifton motor camp for snapper and further toward starvation reef.
whirinaki reef, good snapper this time of year.
town reef for moki is fun too.
good luck eh!