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August 4th, 2019, Smallwood State Park, MD. Shawn Ezerski of Mt Airey, MD won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Maryland Division 11 Two Day Divisional Championship tournament presented by American Bass Anglers.  Running out of Smallwood State Park near Marbury, Maryland Shawn brought back five-fish on day one that locked in the scales at 9.97 pounds and three fish on day two at 12.08 pounds for a total two-day limit of 22.05 pounds anchored by a 4.72-pound kicker.

“I fished the backs of creeks both days. I needed to have low tide or the first couple of hours of the incoming tide to set the fish up. I fished grass edges with Senko, chatter baits and drop-shot plastics. I would like to thank my sponsors whom without their support and products, I would not have won the Division 11 Championship. #dirtyjigs #teamdirty #lews #teamlews #fishseaguar #liquidmayhem #humminbird #nitroboats #mareinc #liquidmayhem #thmarinesupplies #wootungsten” said Shawn.

Patrick Loewy claimed second place with eight fish and a total weight of 17.00 pounds.

Brett Ewing took third with eight fish and a total weight of 15.41 pounds. Brett also took the Maryland D11 Angler of the Year title for 2019 season.

The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by Shawn Ezerski.  His fish locked in the scales at 4.72 pounds.

Top five finishers
1.    Shawn Ezerski  22.05
2.    Patrick Loewy  17.00
3.    Brett Ewing    15.41 (2019 AOY)
4.    Bill Hamilton  14.84
5.    Tony Douglas   14.25

The next tournament in this division will take place on 7 September 2019 launching from Smallwood State Park and will be the first tournament of the 2020 season.

For more information on this event or division, please contact local director Scott Randall 540-421-1120 or visit

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.  For more information about American Bass Anglers and the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour, the Bass Pro Shops Open Series, the Bass Pro Shops Team Tournament or the Bass Pro Shops Couples Series visit

American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries and Power-Pole.  Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.


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