Vermillion Snapper Fishing in Florida: Tips & Tricks

    By Peter Miller, Bass 2 Billfish

    Along with other species in the snapper family, the vermillion snapper’s appeal is found in its availability, versatility and delicate, mild flavor.

    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 for snapper fishing in Florida have been tightened around this species and others to prevent depleting this important fishery.

    Often targeted for their large schools, which provide lots of action for charters and groups of anglers snapper fishing in Florida, 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.