Vermillion Snapper Season Opens In Florida Waters

Beginning April 1, 2011, anglers may once again harvest vermillion snapper as the season reopens in the South Atlantic from Key West to North Carolina. Anglers may keep five fish per day with a 12 inch minimum size limit.The 2009 Snapper and Grouper Fisheries Management Plan closed the harvest of vermillion snapper from November through March as a means of rebuilding the populations of these frequently targeted bottom fish. On Florida?s east coast, vermillion snapper are targeted on the reefs and wrecks in 70 to 110 feet of water, where they commonly school over the structures.Nicknamed ?Beeliners?, vermillion snapper are excellent table fare, while the smaller fish (which now may not be harvested) were commonly used as live bait for grouper and cobia. Vermillion snapper are a regularly targeted species by party boats because of they travel in large schools and produce a lot of action while at the same time good table fare.

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