Vermilion Snapper Fishing

Vermilion Snapper Fishing

Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion Snapper
  • Size 14–24 inches
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Offshore, Nearshore, Reef, Wreck

(Rhomboplites aurorubens)

Also known as 'Beeliners', the Vermilion Snapper is not a fish that should be overlooked. While not quite as popular as its cousin the Red Snapper, it offers a fun angling experience on light tackle and a good meal once you're back on the shore.

When the other fish aren't biting, savvy anglers go for Beeliners. Don't turn your nose up at them next time you're fishing offshore in the Atlantic!

How Big

Vermilion Snappers have been known to reach up to 24 inches (60 centimeters), at which point they usually weigh about 6 pounds, although it is much more common for them to grow to around 14 inches. They are a slow growing species that matures at around the age of 3-4 years.

When and Where

Vermilion Snappers are caught offshore over rocky reefs at mid depths. They can be found in the Atlantic ocean from North Carolina down to Brazil, including the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Bear in mind that although people often refer to Beeliners as bottom fish that is not entirely true - they don't actually feed at the seabed, but stay in the middle of the water column feeding on bait fish. These means they will be found swimming over structure, not around it.

How to Catch

Vermilion Snappers are enjoyable to catch on light spinning tackle - their small size and speed make them fun to catch on 15 lb line. As they have very small mouths, try using a very small circle hook - just like the sort you would use for Triggerfish. Beeliners respond very well to cut bait such as shrimp and squid.

Good to Eat?

Yes - like most Snappers, these are a tasty treat.


Vermillion Snapper are usually available to keep all year round, with a maximum of 10 fish per angler currently applicable in Florida (this is subject to change). 

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