Vermilion Snapper

The vermilion snapper is an abundant species of fish found along the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda and throughout the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. The vermilion snapper is often sold as red snapper.


Vermilion snapper have streamlined bodies, are pale to silver white below and vermilion above. Narrow yellow-gold streaks, some horizontal and others oblique, occur below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is rosy colored with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red , but has a faint black margin.


The vermilion snapper is found in tropical waters of the western Atlantic from Cape Hatteras to southeastern Brazil, including Bermuda, the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico. The preferred habitat is irregular reeflike bottom in waters ranging in depth from 80-350 feet. In some areas, the species is replaced by its close relative, the yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus, which occupies the same type of habitat. All vermilion snapper are mature at 2 years of age and 7.9" total length.  Multiple spawning is characteristic of the species, taking place from April to September. Vermilion snapper can reach lengths up to 24 inches, feeding on small animals found high in the water column.

Vermilion snapper prefer flat areas on the tops and around the bases of the snapper banks to the banks' steeply sloping sides. They are often found in concert with red and other snappers around structures in the Gulf.

Best bait is fresh squid, although they will also eat crab, shrimp, or other small fish.

Fish close to the bottom offshore near rigs and artificial reefs and around the tops and bottoms of snapper banks. The preferred habitat is irregular reef-like bottom in waters ranging in depth from 80 to 350 feet.

Eat as with other snapper, although the vermilion is not as popular a food source as it's cousin the red snapper.



Species Information

Scientific Name:Rhomboplites aurorubens
Environment:Nearshore, Offshore
Ideal Temp:60-70°F (15-21°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs
World Record:7 lbs. 3 ounces Alabama.
Other Names:vermilion, vermillion, beliner, beeliner, vermillion, savonetje, chub-head snapper, plump head, sabernechi, b-liner, bliner, beeliner, plumhead, piram, bastard snapper, mingo snapper, golden-red snapper, ti-deux yeux, , te ronde

Latest Vermilion Snapper Fishing Reports and Spots

9/2/21 Captain Jerry’s 3 Day Queen Snapper Hunt - 9/2/2021 9:42:00 PM

So let’s start off with what made this trip pretty awesome. The weather on the first day and night as we rode out to the grounds was bumpy and r (View)

7/17/21 18HR ARS - 7/17/2021 2:08:00 PM

The weather on this trip was awesome it was actually too calm at times. We caught a variety of fish on this trip including grunts vermillions ye (View)

7/31/21 30 Fathom ARS - 7/31/2021 2:13:00 PM

Well we made it through yet another red snapper season! The weather on this trip was very good. We had a little more wind than the average trip (View)

July 30 - 7/30/2020 8:29:40 PM

After making bait (jigging up squid and mackerel) we headed a ways up the coast. Dropped in our live squid and wham! The party started. The kid (View)

8/1 - 8/6 Week - 8/2/2021 6:43:00 AM

Body:  Fishing has been good over the past week on the days boats were able to get out. We did have a few days of cancellations due to weather. (View)

18HR ARS 7/17/21 - 7/17/2021 10:33:00 AM

The weather on this trip was awesome it was actually too calm at times. We caught a variety of fish on this trip including grunts vermillions ye (View)

7/26 & 7/27 - 7/26/2021 5:44:00 AM

Body:  Offshore boats had mixed catches on Monday and Tuesday: Dolphin Wahoo Barracuda Tilefish Triggerfish Vermilion Snapper and Grouper. Insh (View)

7/25/21 - 7/25/2021 6:28:00 AM

Body:  Fishing was a littler slower on Sunday than the last few days but offshore boats still had several Wahoo and Dolphin to bring back to th (View)

7/22 & 7/23 - 7/22/2021 6:38:00 PM

Body:  Great Wahoo fishing continued on Thursday and Friday for offshore boats. We also saw nice catches of Dolphin Tilefish Grouper Barracuda (View)

7/13 & 7/14 - 7/15/2021 6:55:00 AM

Body:  Offshore fishing brought in some decent catches of Dolphin on Tuesday and Wednesday along with Barracuda African Pompano and several var (View)