I use plan old (quality ) coastlock swivels-24kg, these work well.
Kingfish will take pretty much anything, if they are big enough. Kahawai livebaits are ideal around 25cm in length. Yellow eyed mullet work well too, but kahawai will smash em, its just something you have to put up with mate. As far as 2kg kahawai livebaits go, they will work, but the king has to be hungry and of decent size, 15kg plus, personally I think you are better off sticking to the smaller live baits, you never know when a big snapper will come along, or a john dory, so the smaller baits has a bigger range.
Most kingfish are only a few metres behind the waves, not way out at the sinker.
you have far more control of livebaits using slidebaits as opposed to balloons. Stick with what you are doing, it will work when the kingfish are in good numbers, the kahawai dont tend to feed and your live baits will be smashed.
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