Yes Markt .... they are red in NZ AND they bark too ...AND grow to a good size too at least 4 Kilos the biggest I have caught To our Oz Mate 'itsaboat' yours might be spotty BUT do they "Bark" like our NZ ones do !!!!
In fact many fish grunt. Some so much so that they get their name from grunting...
Obvious ones would be grunter, such as sooty grunter etc.
A less obvious fish named after it's habit to grunt would be the gurnard. It's name is derived from the French word gurnard, which means 'to grunt'....Actually it is not really derived is it? It is not a derivative of gurnard, it IS gurnard...meaning in English and Kiwi, 'to grunt'.
Not sure if ours sounds like yours. Cook one up and throw it on a plate with some chups and see what it sounds like
itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Perrogrenard (I think this is how it is spelt) or fowl. I can be usually caught around rocky or coral developed areas. The flesh is like that of Grouper, all you need to do is remove its head as this area is mainly bone. Its good for baking, BBQ or broth.