The most common snapper caught off the Atlantic coast, this pretty, silvery red snapper is also a delicious food source.
Similar in appearance to red snapper, many studies have shown that the vermillion snapper is often mistakenly sold as red snapper to unsuspecting shoppers. When skinned and filleted, these fish are almost indistinguishable. Buying from a reputable fish market makes it more likely that you’ll be purchasing the fish you intended to take home. Alert to possible overfishing in the south Atlantic and Caribbean, local and federal regulations have been tightened around this species, along with other snapper, to prevent depleting this important fishery.
Often targeted for their large schools, which provide lots of action for fishing charters and groups of anglers, vermillion snapper put up an exciting fight and make for a delicious meal later. They tend to be found near large structures, reefs or wrecks, making these popular places to look for these striking fish. Called “beeliners” by some anglers, these fish are not the traditional bottom feeders some assume them to be.
Usually feeding a little higher in the water column, success comes to the angler who uses a gentle touch, avoiding an overbearing presentation. Chumming is also a popular way to get the party started with these eager, enthusiastic fish.
One of the smallest snappers, fish average around three to four pounds. Their small size means light tackle can usually be used, making these fish available to anglers with a variety of skills and equipment.