Gulf Sierra

Gulf Sierra Photo 1

Gulf Sierra, Monterey Spanish Mackerel, Scomberomorous concolor: Caught during fishing by Jim Mori, at San Lucas Cove at San Bruno, near Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, March 1994. The only time I've ever seen anything like this at San Lucas Cove. It fits the description in "Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Gar Goodson: "...females have two alternating rows of brown spots on the side." They stayed around for most of a week. I have not seen anything like it since. A strange situation with the Gulf Sierra at San Lucas Cove in mid-March of 1994. They were schooled up just off shore and about a mile north of San Bruno and were closely associated with a "red tide." The water outside of the "red tide" fingers was in the low 60s. Inside the "red tide" water, it was in the 70s. The fish stayed around for about 4 days and then moved away with the red water. It is the only time I have ever seen them and I have spent two months a year there for 15 years. Description and photo courtesy Jim Mori.

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