The Sierra is characterized by its elongated body with short snout, bronze green on the back, silver-white sides and belly, and a series of medium-sized yellow spots on its sides.
It has 7 to 10 finlets between the second dorsal fin and the caudal fin and between the anal fin and the caudal fin.
The Sierra might be confused with the Monterey Spanish Mackerel, Scomberomorus concolor (no yellow spots).
Distribution in Mexico fishing areas
The Sierra is a coastal pelagic schooling species found in all Mexican waters, normally in the first 50 feet of the water column.
The Sierra is reported to reach a length of three-and-one-half feet (24 inch models more common) and 12 pounds.
This fish species is caught on almost any lure or bait, but has a set of horrific teeth and wire leader is recommended.
It is viewed by locals as excellent table fare but one that must be prepared on the day of the catch.
Sierra, Pacific Sierra, Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra: Caught while fishing with Captain Pata in the panga Salome, La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, midmorning in February 2003, in 72-degree, 50 to 100-foot deep water, within 200 yards of shore, utilizing 30-pound test attached to a 30-pound test wire leader via a swivel and size 2/0 hook, baited with a live sardina, 20 miles north of La Playita. Size approximately 20 inches and 4 pounds. A strong hombre that makes exceedingly long runs. Some excellent fishermen, better than myself, have reported being able to catch these toothy critters without a wire leader. Omni-present and easy to catch from January to April and a major focus species. Description and photo courtesy John Snow.
Sierra, Pacific Sierra, Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra: Photo courtesy Jim Mori.
Sierra, Pacific Sierra, Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra: Photo courtesy Dean Mitchell.
Sierra, Pacific Sierra, Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra: Photo courtesy Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas.
Sierra, Pacific Sierra, Sierra Mackerel, Scomberomorus sierra: Photo courtesy East Cape Sportfishing.
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