Vermillion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, are also known as beeliners. They are found in the tropical waters from Cape Hatteras to southeastern Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico.
They prefer irregular reef-like bottom in waters ranging in depth from 80 – 350 feet.
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.
Vermilion snapper can reach lengths up to 24 inches, feeding on small animals found high in the water column. Anglers target them with small hooks do to their small mouths.
They are not true bottom feeders so many anglers will suspend their baits in mid-column or above the hard bottom. Squid and cut bait are most commonly used.