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Here, you can learn a little about us and our history. Start Point Spearfishing, (formerly Spearfishing Store), was established in 2012 by Anthony Butcher. In 2020, the store was taken over and rebranded to Start Point Spearfishing by Barcley Spicer Jenkins. The store is named after a local beach where Barcley learned to spearfish, but also reflects the store’s dedication to helping beginners at the starting point of their Spearfishing journey. Now the UK’s largest spearfishing store, Start Point Spearfishing is Located in Plymouth, well known as one of the best spearfishing spots in the UK.
About Our Company
The team is made up of some of the UK’s most experienced spearfishermen and women who are on hand to give you advice and support whether in-store or online. Holding the UK’s largest supply of spearfishing equipment, we are known for our superb customer service. We also offer next day delivery across our wide range of products.
We provide a huge range of spearfishing and underwater foraging equipment including, but not limited to: spearguns, wetsuits, dive fins and computers, masks and snorkels, as well as foraging equipment such as waders, crab & lobster hooks, bags and gauges.
Meet The Team
The team at Start Point Spearfishing are here to introduce themselves.
Barcley is Start Point Spearfishing’s managing director, leading the UK’s premier spearfishing company as the spearfishing hub of the UK. Born and raised in Devon, Barcley has been spearfishing the Devon and Cornwall coastline for almost a decade. He loves adventure and is happiest when camping on a remote beach and eating only what he has caught himself. Finding and extracting large lobsters are what he enjoys the most. He is extremely knowledgeable about wetsuits, spearguns, rigging and reels and is pretty handy in a chef’s apron too!
Joe is the captain of Start Point Spearfishing’s team boat – Rosie. He first started spearfishing almost a decade ago and has been hooked ever since! Constantly searching for the best spearfishing spots for different species of fish or crustaceans, Joe is a true explorer with a passion for adventure. Before working with us, he was a secondary school biology teacher. Through his Youtube channel (Joe PK) he has inspired many to start spearfishing and promotes responsible, sustainable fishing.
Soph is currently Start Point Spearfishing’s only female sponsored diver and is no stranger to adventure – you’ll find her diving all year round, rain or shine. She is a 2 x underwater hockey world champion and now works as a personal trainer. She loves wild swimming and also makes eco-friendly soap using natural ingredients, most of which she forages from the ocean!
Check out her work at tappermade.com
Ryan is Start Point Spearfishing’s ‘go to’ for questions on fish species and their habitats. He has been an avid spearfisherman since the age of 13 when he first took to hunting fish with a series of home made wooden pole spears! With a degree in biology and a passion for marine biology he knows an awful lot about underwater species, their habitats and behaviours. He knows Portland (Dorset coastline) like the back of his hand. Ryan has a popular YouTube channel (Ryan E) capturing his spearfishing and foraging adventures.
Matt is one of Start Point Spearfishing’s highly respected sponsored divers. Despite only starting spearfishing in the Winter of 2020, Matt’s catches and knowledge of the underwater world are indicative of someone who’s dived for a decade. Matt is particularly good at supporting beginners who are totally new to spearfishing as he has started out so well. Being an avid sailor, he knows how to read the weather so as to find the beaches with the greatest diving conditions on any given day. Follow his adventures on YouTube: Sail Spear Forage Explore or on Instagram @matthew_shaw_pau_amma.
Max, AKA ‘The Frenchman’ is Start Point Spearfishing’s chief ambassador and is amongst the top spearfishermen in the country. With his first pair of fins at the tender age of 3 and first homemade wooden pole spear from 8, Max takes to water like a fish. Max runs the highly sought after ‘The Frenchman Ltd’ spearfishing course in the UK for those who want to take spearfishing to the next level. Max also leads the Exe Spearfishing Club, running workshops and events that so many are learning from to improve their spearfishing.
Jamie is Start Point Spearfishing’s sponsored diver and neoprene technician, responsible for wetsuit repairs and pissette fitments. Jamie holds almost a decade of Spearfishing experience and shows many of his underwater adventures on his YouTube channel – Jamie Spearfishing. In 2013, he set up a Facebook page (United Spearfishing) to support the community and help other spearfishermen and women find people in their area to dive with.
Jamie is passionate about Spearfishing and the community and often takes beginners out to help get them started.
Ben is Start Point Spearfishing’s master craftsman based in Cornwall. He has hand crafted several unique products on sale at the store such as the famous teak lobster hook, and the Start Point wooden speargun. As an experienced Spearfisherman himself, he developed and rigorously tested the gun over the course of a year until he was finally happy with the finished product, which is truly breathtaking. Ben has many exciting projects currently underway so watch this space.
Mark is Start Point Spearfishing’s guru in freediving and underwater photography. On his instagram @mr tilford, you can find stunning photographs of Mark’s underwater adventures from around the world. In addition to his photography, Mark has free dived competitively up to 80m and has been in the top 10 for UK rankings. Working instore every Saturday, Mark inspires and passes on his knowledge to the local community of divers. He is also a highly capable spearfisher and holds a degree in marine Biology.
Who We Serve
We are proud to serve customers in and around the Plymouth area. We have a showroom where you’re welcome to come and browse products and try on masks, fins and wetsuits during our opening hours. We also have a huge online presence and can deliver in the wider UK and abroad.
If you need any advice on spearfishing or spearfishing equipment, Start Point Spearfishing is the place to go. You can reach us on 07518 784 002. Alternatively, you can email us via our contact form. We’d be more than happy to help.