I’m with ya there vip_yo wether its trout fishing or sea fishing I like heading out with no bait, I can then find crabs and shelfish on the beach for bait or in the case of trout grubs, worms and bullies.
I have used spotties for bait over the past few years and caught red cod spinys and a lot of tope with them, i also caught a gurnard with one a couple of summers back. Usually i target the smaller ones and then rig em up whole or take their head off to reduce the weight. I have found using them that they catch more tope/grey boys comparatively to spinys.
personally uid saythe mulet would its more oily and yea the doggie i have used and caught more doggies and cod on and a few others but id much rather use the mulet over doggie. just doggie if i starting to run outa bait and yea