Fishing in South Plainfield

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Hiroshi Powell noticed he had a knack for weightlifting, so he swapped the weight machine in his mom's basement for a membership at a pro-level facility. There, Hiroshi began training with national powerlifting champions, learning the secrets of their technique while building friendships and cultivating his own carreers in powerlifting and bodybuilding.

The seriousness with which Hiroshi threw himself at his goals, and immersed himself in the fitness field, informs his approach as founder-owner of Chiseled Health and Fitness. "Chiseled," he says, "is not a social club or [a] cookie cutter commercial gym. Those are great for some folks, but not everyone." In place of the hundred-pound rubber chickens dead lifters find at other gyms, guests at Chiseled find a facility fully stocked with professional weight training and cardio essentials. Accented with red trim, the facility's white walls, black mats, and glossy hardwood floors offer a non-distracting environment in which Hiroshi and his three fellow personal trainers customize clients' workouts. Members also complete self-guided routines, and take CrossFit classes.

1280 North Avenue
Plainfield,
NJ
US

Nestled between the Delaware River and the Appalachian foothills, the Delaware River Family Campground provides a scenic gathering place for all kinds of adventures. Campground organizers rent out rafts, canoes, kayaks and tubes in which customers can use to explore the various waterways of the river. They stock an on-site camp store with plenty of supplies to cook meals, make overnight stays more comfortable, or fuel a hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Delaware River Family Campground offers a few more entertainments outside the local natural splendor, too. There is a swimming pool and kiddie pool. Basketball and volleyball courts are also on the campground, and a miniature golf course and game room offer a more low-key variety of fun. The grounds even supply visitors with free cable television for those who haven't figured out how to receive television signals directly to their minds.

100 US Highway 46
Columbia,
NJ
US

With an inventory of gear that runs the gamut from rods and reels to fishing apparel and fish mounts, Tackle U.S. specializes in all things fishing. Whatever their chosen aquatic venue, fishermen can stock up on gear that will increase their odds of reeling in a trophy fish. The shop lines its shelves with products from more than 100 brands, including top industry brands such as Penn, Power Pro, and Shimano.

273 Laurence Pkwy
South Amboy,
NJ
US

In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.

45 Mine Mount Road
Bernardsville,
NJ
US

At Surf & Turf 35 and Fish Market, meat and seafood are not the only culinary worlds brought under one roof. The spot also joins together sit-down dining with a marketplace teeming with fresh meat and seafood. For those looking for a dining experience, Surf & Turf 35's chefs craft classic dishes such as oysters on the half shell; steamed, broiled, or stuffed lobster; and Italian-style beef roast. They also put their own spin on the surf-and-turf concept with steak and shrimp scampi, chicken-and-shrimp francese, and grilled pork and shrimp. And since the dining room is BYOB, guests can bring the bottle of wine or jug of vintage Crystal Pepsi of their choice to enjoy with their meal.

3091 State Route 35
Hazlet,
NJ
US

Established: 2013
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Always dress in warmer layers, as you can take clothes off.

Across a 100-foot main deck, passengers cast their lures into Sheepshead Bay from the wide aisles, benches, and extended pulpit of the Ranger VI. With the help of three 650-horsepower John Deere engines, Captain Joe steers the fishing boat out onto the salty waters for half- and full-day fishing trips. He also captains overnight and offshore specialty charters for up to 20.

Inside the boat, his passengers take advantage of restrooms with running water and purchase refreshments at the galley before seating themselves at tables and booths. Plus, they can head up to the second-floor sun deck in order to better search for marine life and befriend seagulls.

Pier 4
Sheepshead Bay,
NY
US