What he would like to see is a healthy catch of John Dory or sea bass but instead he has to pick through his nets by hand.
Instead of sea bream, polythene. With typical Cornish understatement, he said: "Well, today, we've caught as many plastic bags as we have fish - so not so good today."
It sounds like he has not had a good day for a while.
He adds: "We've found discarded fishing net, oil drums, paint cans, plastic boxes and occasionally we get a fridge or a TV.
"It affects 10% of our fishing effort, we lose 10% of our fishing time. I have a business to run, people to pay. It's quite substantial."
This is why he is part of a new voluntary scheme to collect rubbish out at sea.
In the three years it has been running, in Scotland alone 150 tonnes have been fished out.
For John Mouat, who has been running the pilot, it is now time to roll it out nationwide, starting in the south west.
"One of the keys it to provide a network, so whatever harbour the fishermen are landing their catch the scheme is the same," he says.
"It makes it easy to participate and actually changes practice within the industry, so this becomes second nature that everything that comes ashore isn't thrown back into the sea."
But the litter on our beaches is as much caused the public as it is by fishermen.
The latest research suggests that nearly 40% of that rubbish comes from the public, just a tenth from the fishing industry. The result is potentially lethal to marine life.
Ms Snowden explains: "Unfortunately when net gets lost at sea it continues to fish, everything from basking sharks, seal, and dolphins. It's very wide ranging."
Up to 250 dead dolphins are washed up every year across Britain - the majority on the Cornish coast.
Each one is a visible reminder of how rubbish is affecting the coastline. The good news is levels of waste recycling have been rising and supermarkets are redoubling efforts to reduce the number of plastic bags used.
But while more is being done to reduce the amount we litter - it seems too little is being done to control where it washes up.
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