Westport Bass club sets Stafford Pond tourney date

TIVERTON — The first, and so far only, fishing tournament announced to take place on Stafford Pond this season, is one conducted by the Bass Bums, headed by Kevin Clark of Westport.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The number of boats involved will be from 6 to 9, according to the Tiverton Town Clerk’s office.

Tiverton Town Clerk Nancy Mello said that the Bass Bums have been issued a permit for the tourney, having complied with town requirements, which include identifying the person responsible for the event, the number of boats involved, and providing proof of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million.

A permit for the tourney has been also issued by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which owns the boat ramp leading into the water.

At this time last year there were 19 fishing tourneys scheduled for the pond. New permit procedures by the Town of Tiverton, which included an insurance coverage requirement enacted in a town ordinance last spring, may have deterred many fishing clubs from participating.

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