This is not always true. The one mentioned in my post was caught in 300ft+ water. From my experience this fish has a higher chance of worms than other rockfish regardless of where they're caught. Better safe than sorry for me.Worms depend on where you catch them. Shallower sandy bottom areas have worms. Catch them at the outer islands in deeper cold water and you will see no worms and you would be hard pressed to tell them from vermillions in a blind taste test. I have seen this done.