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: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, benifuedai

Latest Vermilion Snapper Fishing Reports and Spots

4/16/21 Golden Grounds - 4/16/2021 1:38:00 PM

Capt Jerry steamed the Gulfstar out into seas that were a little rolly going out but as we got further the seas flattened out and we had a beaut (View)

4/5/21 Ultra- Limited Gully of the Giants - 4/5/2021 4:37:00 PM

Capt Jerry and our fellow 9 Fisherman had great weather going out to the Gully searching for the Giants and boy did we ever find them!!! We fish (View)

October 10 All Day Wreck Fishing Trip - 10/11/2020 3:21:40 PM

Off today with the Lynch crew.Started out live baiting Amber Jacks and did well. Bottom Fishing was the best it’s been all summer for us.Seabas (View)

False Albacore, Barracuda, and Vermillion Snapper - 3/2/2020 1:54:07 PM

Late fishing report for February 23, 2020 Slow day on the troll. Only caught False Albacore and a Barracuda.  Came inshore and fished (View)

May 1 There's somethings in the water! - 5/6/2019 5:57:39 AM

Body:  Good Morning! What a beautiful morning we have yet again thankfully.  Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous here on the sandbar with lots of (View)

Triggerfish Opens today March 1 2019 - 3/1/2019 10:12:57 AM

March 1st Triggerfish opens today, the wether is a little iffy today but the past few trips we threw back many keeper triggerfish. The vermill (View)

Pensacola Fishing Report January 2019 - 1/27/2019 1:22:40 PM

Sheepshead have become a very popular species for anglers in the Florida Panhandle to target, partly due the tight restrictions on offshore bott (View)

San Francisco Fishing Charters! Report 11/20/18 - 11/20/2018 7:21:13 AM

Hey Fishermen I just wrapped up 6 trips in a row. The rockfish has been very consistent and we are picking up lingcod along the way. The kids ha (View)

Pensacola Fishing Report 12/01/18-12/05/18 - 12/5/2018 6:55:34 PM

The fishing has been much of the same here lately in Pensacola. Lots of big red fish and lots of trout on the inshore fishing. Redfish are no (View)

Fishing Report for Periddo Key 11/29/18-12/05/18 - 12/5/2018 10:05:28 AM

The fishing in Perdido right now is one word awesome! For the inshore fishing charters in Perdido we are seeing lots of redfish and lots of t (View)