Welcome To Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club


A warm welcome to all fishermen, and women. SFCC fishing section caters for members, chiefly in boats, wishing to fish our local waters of Lyme Bay and South Devon areas.

Welcome to the cruising section of The Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. We like to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy cruising in our beautiful local waters, and extended areas.

The Club organises a series of events throughout the year, ranging from Speciality Meals, Discos, BBQ’s, Bar Draws and impromptu ‘get togethers’, Annual Gala Night and Festive celebrations,

Here at SFCC we welcome new members to our club who are active in water based activities across the spectrum of boating pursuits. We regret that we are unable to provide purely social membership.

SFCC is committed to member training and is a certified RYA Training Centre. Courses run include; Day Skipper, Yachtmaster, Essential Navigation, VHF, First Aid, Diesel Engine, and Powerboat 1 & 2.

The club offers a range of 24/7 facilities to it’s members based around the historic Brunel Tower that dominates the shoreline at Starcross on the western side of the River Exe Estuary,

Fishing with SFCC

A warm welcome to all fishermen, and women out there. SFCC fishing section caters for members, chiefly in boats, wishing to fish our local waters of Lyme Bay and South Devon areas.
We look to provide a safe, supportive environment for our members to enjoy their chosen pastime, in the company of friends with a similar interest. All individuals are encouraged to improve their skills, both in respect of fishing, as well as perhaps more importantly, seamanship too. As a club, a number of forums and classes are arranged, usually during the quieter winter months, aimed at raising our members skill base in as many related topics as possible. The opportunity to also learn from fellow members is considered probably the club’s best asset.
A full calendar of keenly contested boat competitions run through the fishing season of April to November inclusive. Single specimen fish are the quarry in all cases. You need only bring your biggest fish to the weigh-in. We encourage returning any fish not required for the eating.
Members are asked however, to appreciate that postponement, or cancellation of events, due to unsuitable weather, will occasionally be necessary. Please always try to confirm details with me, Steve Cowell, on 07545 883402, if you think there may be any doubt.
Whilst our club is mainly orientated towards boat angling from our own port, we do also recognise good shore caught fish. Several of our members are keen shore fishermen and it seems appropriate to respect this. No awards are offered to shore caught fish.
SFCC’s fishing calendar traditionally ends on Presentation Night, usually in January, with fishermen and cruisers all getting together to enjoy a social evening. Everyone is always eager for the new season to arrive, of course.
Wishing you light winds and enjoyable fishing

Please send all photos of significant fish caught to me at fishing.sfcc@gmail.com


News – Something Fishy … recent catch  

4lb Trigger Fish - caught 2/9/23 Steve Lomas

4lb Trigger Fish - caught 2/9/23 Steve Lomas

13lb Buss Huss - caught approx. 19/8/23 Steve Lomas

Presentation of the Trophies and awards for the 2022 season

January 2022

Fish Of the Month is split between Tony Lloyd for a Bull Huss of 6lb 5oz

And Denise Stacey for her cracking plaice of 3lb 15oz and 12drams which is 99.6% of the specimen weight. This fish also won the President’s Trophy for Best plaice of the Year.

February 2022

FOM was a pollack of 3lb 12.2 oz won by Steve Cowell

March 2022 No fish were weighed in for this month

April 2022 FOM was a pollack of 5lb 4.4oz and the Pollack competition itself was won by a smaller fish of 4lb 10oz and the Perpetual Challenge Cup going to Mike Whiting.

May 2022 …..Saw the entry of one of this year’s big guns with a flounder of 1lb 3.4 oz winning the Jeffrey’s Cup for the Flatfish competition. This same fish wins the FOM and the Barnett Trophy for best flounder. Congratulations go to Steve Lomas.

June 2022.. Things began to hot up in June with another chunky plaice of 3lb 8oz 8 drams which won FOM for Denise Stacey.

But Steve Lomas wasn’t to be outdone as he weighed in a wreck pollack of 11lb 1.2 oz to win the Tribe Pollack Cup.

July 2022 Steve went on to weigh in a rough ground pollack of 2lb 11oz to win the Surrey Challenge Cup. Please come up Steve.

Dave Stacey wins FOM for a Bull Huss of 13lb 5oz and 12drams but Denise wasn’t giving up on glory as she weighed in a bass of 9lb 14oz to win the Williams Cup for Ladies Best Bass.

But July wasn’t over yet as over the hill come two new faces:

Matt Dart won the Algiers Cup for the Most Species Competition with eight species. He then went on to win the Claridge Challenge Trophy for Best Men’s Bass with a fish of 4lb 5.2oz

But Matt was beaten in the percentages by his protégé as along came Charlie Puddefoot to win The Junior Challenge Cup for Best Junior Specimen of the Year with a scad of 85% weighing in at 1lb 1oz. Well done, Charlie! Here’s a medal to prove it!

August 2022 FOM was a mackerel of 1lb 14oz 4drams which is 94.5% specimen weight and it also wins the Robert Pine Memorial Trophy for Best Mackerel for Denise Stacey.

August also saw the award of The Anthony Cup for Best Bream of 3lb 4oz or 93% caught by Steve Lomas.

And, just when you thought it was safe to go into the water along came a Blue Shark of 105lb WOB. This represents a fish of a magnificent 131% which wins The Roberts Challenge Cup for the Best Shark as well as the Mortimer Challenge Cup for the Best boat specimen of the Year. Those awards go to Stuart Green.

September 2022  A new club record of a Grey Gurnard weighing 1lb 8.5 oz beating the old record of 1lb 2.8oz winning FOM for Denise Stacey.

September also held the Conger competition and the SFCC International Challenge Cup was won by Mike Whiting with a fish of 24lb WOB.

The Black Bream and Carter Challenge Trophy was won by Steve Cowell with a fish of 2lb 1.2 oz.

This month also had another cracking fish which was an Undulate Ray of 18lb WOB which won the Exwell Challenge Cup for Steve Lomas.

October held the Mackerel Competition and this was won by Becky Le Milliere with a fish of fish of 1lb 4 oz. Becky wins the Fairway Cup for Ladies Mackerel for her efforts.

No fish were weighed in for November and December.

In reverse order the results of the Accumulator are:

In sixth place with 8 points – Mark Delling

In fifth was Matt Dart with 9 points

Joint third with 10 points and winning an award are Becky LeMilliere and Steve Cowell

In second place with a respectable 17 points is Mike Whiting.

And winning the Phil and Carol Burrows Shield, in first place with 19 points, last year’s runner up is Steve Lomas.

Click on the images below to enlarge

Something Fishy…. 2023 SFCC Catch Photos

Click here to read Steve Cowell – Fishing Secretary’s presentation

Future Social Events

SFCC Christmas Party

SFCC Christmas Party

Places are booking up fast – don’t miss out on a great meal by Claire from the Atmospheric. Add your name to the list on the club noticeboard with your menu choice!

What’s Coming Up At SFCC

Future SFCC Events

Saturday 9th December – Christmas Dinner

Saturday 16th December – Christmas Draw

Sunday 31st December – New Years Eve Party

Friday Forums

Sharing expertise and experience amongst members

At SFCC we are friendly and informal. We also know that if you’re new to boating it’s often helpful to learn from people who are a bit more experienced. That’s why we hold Friday Forums throughout the winter (when we aren’t using our boats) to learn new methods or just hear a talk about an interesting topic.

The ‘closed season’ winter / spring programme of events for 2023, organised by Steve Cowell our Fishing Secretary, is now complete.

More dates to be confirmed soon.

Any enquiries or suggestions for future forums should be directed to: forum.sfcc@gmail.com

SFCC Newsletter

SFCC hours

Our Members bar is open each evening other than Mon & Wed.

Tues 8pm – 11pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30pm – 11pm, Saturdays 6.30pm – 11pm, Sundays 6pm – 9pm


Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club, Brunel Tower, The Strand, Starcross, Devon, EX68PR
Pontoon Location:
GPS: 50°37’.656N / 003°26’.731W
W3W: obey.marathons.intelligible
North Mooring PC741 location:
GPS: 50°37’.674N / 003°26’.621W
W3W: forum.marathons.rush
South Mooring PC648 location:
GPS: 50°37’.389N / 003°26’.484W
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