Fisherman at centre of Gibraltar row: I just want to fish
For the last twenty years, Mr Gomez, who is known to his friends as "Chotis" has trawled for shellfish in the waters around the Rock, setting out each morning at five from the quayside in La Linea in his colourful boat flying the Spanish flag.
"There used to be as many twenty boats in the fleet but that has dwindled over the years and last year there were only three vessels left in those waters. The two other captains got fed up of harassment by Gibraltar police boats and so mine was the only boat left," he explained.
All that changed on July 30, when the Gibraltar authorities sunk around 70 concrete blocks to form an artificial reef in the bay to the west of the airport runway – putting a final stop to all but line fishing.
Ostensibly to promote marine life and improve fishing stocks, the reef sparked an immediate response from Spain – which does not recognise Gibraltar's right to territorial waters – and led to queues of up to seven hours at the border as guards carried out searches in retaliation.
Mr Gomez trawls for shellfish – including smooth conch and clam – and a type of scorpion fish that he is claims is only found locally in that corner of the bay.
"The funny thing is my catch is destined for restaurants in Gibraltar but I'm now not allowed to fish in their waters to feed them," he laughed.
"I feel my right to work is being violated but I certainly don't want thousands of other people to have their working life affected too over it and that it what is happening with the queues at the border," he said.
"As for Spain trying to claim Gibraltar back? That would be the worst thing for this area. Without Gibraltar, La Linea is nothing.
"I don't want to get involved in the politics of it all, I just want to be left to fish in peace."