English: Gulf Sierra, Monterey Spanish Mackerel
Spanish: Carite de Monterey, Carite Sierra
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).
This is a coastal pelagic schooling species that is currently believed to be present only in the north half of Mexico's Sea of Cortez having become extinct in other waters and it is considered to be an endangered species.
The Gulf Sierra is normally found in the first 50 feet of the water column. It is reported to reach a length of three feet and 10 pounds. It has a set of horrific teeth and only those most skilled in the art of fishing can catch them without the use of a wire leader. .
It is viewed by locals as excellent table fare but one that must be prepared on the day of the catch.