Category: News


WFA Boat Building Underway

boat in process jan 16   boat workshop jan 16

Volunteers have been gathering at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station each weekend since the start of the new year to build this year’s boat for the grand prize raffle at the Annual Clambake in September.  They are making good progress! If you would like to help out just contact us at 774-264-9200 or email [email protected] for details.  


Sailboat for Sale to Benefit WFA

Snark Sailboat for Sale!

The WFA has an almost new Super Snark sailboat, which is for sale with all proceeds to benefit WFA programs. This little gem is easy to sail, very portable and durable. It can hold up to 2 people (310 lbs.) and weighs 50 lbs. Great for river sailing!

Features include a lateen-rigged nylon sail of 45 square feet; aluminum mast, spar, and boom; wood rudder and an integral center sleeve molded into the hull to support a removable wood dagger board. With an overall depth of 12 inches, the sailboat can be stored upright and the boat is described as “car-toppable”. Length – 11 ft. Beam – 3ft 2in. Hull – ABS Armor-clad

When new it retails for $1,144. The WFA is now accepting bids from WFA members and friends until February 7th by sending an email to [email protected] with your bid amount and contact information.

The winning bidder will be announced at the Oyster Stew Dinner & Annual Meeting on February 9th.  The boat can be viewed at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station by appointment.

Minimum bid is $400. No bids to date.

Events, News

Run for the Water

may12_wfa4thrunSave the date:  The 2016 Run for the Water is Saturday, May 7th

The 12th annual “RUN FOR THE WATER”  will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Horseneck Beach Reservation, Westport, MA.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association will again host this annual 8K Road Race and  5K Family Fun Walk/Run.  Be sure to save the date and plan to join us! Come out and run a beautiful flat and fast 8K course or walk or run a 3 mile course for fun while supporting our efforts to protect & preserve the Westport River and its tributaries and our scholarship and marine education programs.

More details to come.


Westport’s 2015 Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit a Hit

Despite a chill in the air, the Westport Fishermen’s Association annual boat show was a big hit. Throngs of interested visitors were impressed by the fine workmanship of over 40 classic wooden boats and ship models on display at the shoreline by Horseneck Point Life Saving Station over the weekend of October 17 and 18th. Attendees were able to vote for their favorite boat in the exhibit and the WFA is pleased to announce that Bill Kern’s boat, the Mystic Sharpie, built by Westport’s own Scott Gifford was crowned the winner of “Best in Show” on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, along with pilot gig rowing demonstrations off shore by the Dharma Voyager team out of Westport, another highlight of the weekend was the presentation of an original 1912 Clifford Ashley illustration to be hung at the Lifesaving Station. Phoebe Chardon was on hand to officially donate her father’s black and white painting depicting three workmen at the ramp of Ship’s Bottom lifesaving station to the Westport Fishermen’s Association.  Clifford Warren Ashley, who lived from 1881 to 1947, was an American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert, well known for his maritime art. The WFA is thankful to Mrs. Chardon for her generous donation. The painting is now hanging in the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, which is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm throughout the fall.

The WFA is also grateful to two generous residents, Richard Armstrong and Mary Reis, who donated boats to the WFA, which were also on display at the boat show. Proceeds from their sale will benefit WFA programs.  Noquochoke Orchards, Coastal Roasters Coffee, Common Ground Coffee and Head Town Landing Country Store graciously donated food and refreshments for the event.  In addition, Common Ground Coffee, located at 762 Main Rd (next to Village Pizza) is now hosting a Lees receipts box where shoppers can drop off their Lees shopping slips to benefit the WFA.



Sunday September 13th,2015 at the Sportsmen’s Club  John Dyer Road in Little Compton

Get your tickets now for this time honored event. We will be serving creamy hot clam chowder to start at 12 noon followed by a traditional seaweed and rock Bake at 2pm. The Generous Bake is complete with assorted vegetables, meats, and fish homemade brown bread and stuffing. There will be a cash bar serving Beer, wine soda and water. Plan to participate in our  50/50 raffle and have a chance to win wonderful local gift certificates, hand crafted items, and of course this year’s grand prize a beautiful hand built Kaholo wooden touring stand-up Paddleboard. We hope you can join us!

The Regular Clambake is $40 and The Bake with a whole Lobster is $50. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the orders must be received by September 6th, 2015. Please mail your order and check made payable to The Westport Fishermen’s Association, PO Box 83 Westport Point MA 02791, and your tickets will be mailed back to you. For more information about our event and how to make reservations contact us at [email protected].


2015 WFA Striped Bass and Bluefish Tournament Wrap up

The WFA’s 4th Annual Striped bass and Bluefish Tournament was a wonderful success once again this year. The two week tournament started on July 9th and finished up 10 days later with a cookout and award ceremony at the Life Savings Station located just north of Gooseberry Island.

This year’s tournament sponsors were: Bay Coast Bank, Westport Bait and Tackle, Westport Police Association, Westport Credit Union,
Graphix Plus, Signs By Tomorrow, Bobs Sea & Ski, Main Bait CMS
Fishing Tackle, West Marine Southshore Dry Dock Marine, Westport
Chiropractic, Ten Cousins Brick Oven Pizza, New England Promotions, Jim
Gelinas and Boston Lobster Company. The WFA would like to thank all of our local sponsors and all who registered to fish for helping to make this years tournament a success. Thier generosity and community support is truly appreciated!               

During the first couple days the names on the leader board seemed to change hands every couple of hours as the fishing and the weather was near perfect. Then, on day four of the tournament a true giant striped bass was caught by the eventual winner, Jay Sousa, who landed a 46 lb 5oz cow!

Three more stripers, tipping the scales at over 40 pounds, were officially weighed in but none of them could knock Jay out of the top spot. Walter Cass is quickly becoming known as the bluefish king by the other WFA tournament entries as he captured the title for the biggest bluefish for the second year in a row.

Not to be out done Sue Igler also defended her title in the bluefish category, for women, by landing a 10lb 4oz monster bluefish.

The weather was perfect for the cookout again this year. Nearly all of the 45 people that entered were in attendance along with other friends and family to enjoy the homemade clam chowder (Westport River quahogs – thanks Don) and the burgers and dogs that were rolling off the grill. With a table filled with side dishes and desserts to round things out I don’t believe anyone left hungry.

This may not be the biggest fishing tournament in New England and we’re not giving away pickup trucks for prizes but the camaraderie and good spirited competition that has developed over the years during this tournament is truly something special!

This years tournament winners


Zach Carter – Bluefish – 9lbs 8oz

Austin Altrich – Bluefish – 3lbs 8 oz

Trent Sousa – Sea Bass


Sue Igler – Bluefish – 10lbs 4oz


Jay Sousa – Striped Bass – 46lbs 5oz


Walter Cass – Bluefish


The WFA hosted the 2nd Annual Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Day on May 24th,2015.

The doors were open from 12-4. The weather was perfect for the holiday weekend. During a dedication ceremony at noon we honored our friend Christopher”Chip”Gillespie with a tribute in memory of all he contributed to the preservation of a historic peice of Westport’s past.

The WFA recognized Chip and his selfless donation of time and talent with the installation of a custom made plaque. We shared with all who gathered, including many of his family who were here visiting from out of town, our gratitude for all he contributed in the research and restoration of the historic Humane Society Life Saving Station #69.  It seemed fitting to celebrate Chip’s enthusiasm for maritime history,the lifesaving service and the preservation of historic architecture during MA DCR’s Preservation month. We look forward to sharing our mission, the history of the station and the generous spirit of Chip Gillespie with the public for many years to come.

Plan to stop in for a visit this summer. Our doors will be open Wed. Sat. and Sundays from 12-4 from June 6th,  through August 30th 2015.


The Historic Horseneck Point Life Saving Station & Visitor Center doors will be open for the 2014 season!

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon – 4:00pm

Plan to come by when someone can be there to greet you, share the story of this historic site and the mission of the Westport Fishermen’s Association-Advocates for Healthy Marine Resources.

Because we are able to make our museum and visitor center available to you through the generosity of volunteers, hours may be subject to change on any given weekend please check website to make sure the doors will be open.

Local Herring Run 2015 Spring Update

Fish Commissioner David Bates was at the herring ditch by Cockeast Pond recently (about a hour after low tide) and found the ditch was quite full of herring waiting for the incoming tide to get up into the pond. He did not smell any of the putrid odors of the past few weeks, and while water clarity wasn’t perfect, it was much better than it had been. No sign of any algae, but it’s probably too soon for that. The water level at Adamsville Pond is down, and the level in the fish ladder appeared to be below the 17” minimum level. No sign of any fish at all using the ladder.