Snapper, Vermillion

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Snapper, Vermillion

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record

7lbs 3oz

FL Record


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Scientific Name

Rhomboplites aurorubens

Common Names

Beeliners, Mingo, Cajon


Vermillion Snapper are vibrant red with a series of short blue lines diagonally arranged above the midpoint of the body. They have shorter snouts and a smaller head with a lower jaw that extends outward. The back of the fish can sometimes appear yellowish and the anal fin is usually white in color.

Habitat & Behaviour

Vermillion Snappers can be found at mid-depths in large schools in the tropical waters of the Atlantic. They tend to group around underwater structures such as reefs or wrecks.

Natural Prey

Vermillion Snapper occasionally come to the surface to feed but for the most part they hunt smaller sea creatures such as crustaceans, invertebrates, and smaller fish.

Handling Tips

Reef fish like the Snapper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Don’t put fingers in mouth, grab behind head or underneath. Don’t grab by gills – grab underneath on the belly. Try not to damage the fish – don’t recommend grabbing by eyes. If harvesting, gaff larger ones around head. Meat very sought after so don’t gaff there.