Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by ILHG, Aug 11, 2019.


Is this a red vermilion rockfish

  1. Yes

    7 vote(s)
  2. No

    61 vote(s)
  1. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    Me too. There's plenty of other color rockfish to be caught and the possibility of being wrong doesn't exceed the value of any one fish.
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  2. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    All the large Vermillions I've ever caught has a white eye.
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  3. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    Very interesting. I looked back at some pics of a Large Vermilion I caught & the eyes where white also. However the avg size were red...
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  4. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    Yes, I also noticed the smaller ones have red/white eyes. Never had a Vermillion with a yellow eye.
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  5. Gerry V

    Gerry V New Member

    Here was my Vermillion last time out and they are a lot darker red in my experience.

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  6. Mike1266

    Mike1266 Member

    Vermillion are a lot more darker red than Yelloweye, and do not have YELLOW EYES. The one in the instagram picture is most definitely a yelloweye, and if that was from a charter that is kind of a shame.
  7. trophy fisher

    trophy fisher Active Member

    Looks like they have deleted that post.
  8. eldplanko

    eldplanko Member

  9. Aquaholic

    Aquaholic Well-Known Member

    Non Yellow Eye is filled with worms usually.
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  10. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    Very true. I kept a jumbo vermilion this year & when i cut it open it was discusting. Just packed with worms..
  11. littlechucky

    littlechucky Well-Known Member

    Black bombers are the only rockfish I will keep.
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  12. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    100% yelloweye
  13. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

  14. Mudshark

    Mudshark Active Member

    Guides should know better.
    How much you wanna bet he’d be the guy slandering the new sports fisherman taking a picture with his once in a lifetime tyee before releasing it as well?
  15. Policeman44

    Policeman44 Member

    I went 2 for 3 successfully descending yelloweye last trip...damn shame to see that fish pop up again ....
  16. hippaisland

    hippaisland Well-Known Member


    In over a decade guiding in the Gwaii I’ve also never seen a vermillion anywhere close to 24#’s
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
  17. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    Next time you are out and see a QCS boat, maybe help educate them on yellow eye.;)
  18. browningmirage

    browningmirage Active Member

    Why should you feel bad retaining legal fish?

    There is some wisdom in Haig Browns works that goes as: "I hope that one day it will not be a matter of pride to keep a limit of fish"...or something like that.

    We should all strive to know enough that we recognize what constitutes a conservation concern. Relying on regulations when we know better would be wrong. But in the same token, if you were doing nothing wrong, why should you feel bad?
  19. hippaisland

    hippaisland Well-Known Member

    Be tough to do based out of Vancouver now! :p
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  20. hippaisland

    hippaisland Well-Known Member

    With all the lodges that run self guided boats there’s more yellow eyes hitting the docks than one might think unfortunately thinking they’re Vermillion. Years ago(when retaining YE was legal) used to have the odd self guided boat hit the dock with big smiles because they had a locker full of Boccaccio’s thinking they were YE’s. o_O
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