Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion snapper, also known as mingo, are the little brother to the red snapper.  Many folks struggle to see the difference between the two fish.   Although not known for their size, mingo snapper are a blast to catch.  Their populations are strong, and we can count on catching enough for the family reunion fish fry.

Mingo snapper are a reef fish and can be found on just about any type of bottom structure.  We like to target them at 80 to 350 feet depths.  One of the most popular places to catch vermillion snapper is a natural ridge line in 190 feet of water 25 miles off-shore known as Mingo Ridge.

Mingos are caught on multiple hook rigs in the same way that you would fish for triggerfish.  Hooks are baited with cut squid or mackerel and dropped to the bottom.  It’s common to catch multiple fish in one drop.  While fishing for mingo, you will often catch other species like red snapper, white snapper, triggerfish, and scamp grouper.

Mingo snapper are typically 1 to 3 lbs.  A monster mingo weighs in above 4 lbs.   These fish may run small, but we can keep 10 per person, making them a great source for fresh fillets.

Mingo snapper are a great tasting fish that many locals prefer over red snapper.  An average fish makes the perfect plate size fillet.  They can be fried, grilled, blackened, and baked.

We can catch mingos on any bottom fishing trip.  If you want to load up a cooler, it’s best to book a 6-hour or longer trip.



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