Roughshot Charters

Step aboard Roughshot Charters and discover the exciting, diverse fishing of the Florida Keys. From the productive inshore shallows to the deep blue seas – there’s something for everyone.

Captain DJ Barrios will be your guide for the day. A 3rd-generation Key West fisherman, he’s still as passionate as he was as a boy about fishing. He hopes to share his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge with each and every customer.

His 30’ Contender center console is the perfect vessel to fish these diverse fishing grounds. Light and nimble, she’ll navigate the shallows, while also being big enough to withstand the choppy waters offshore. Up to 4 guests are welcome, so make yourselves at home during your time aboard.

Fitted with outriggers and a live bait well, she means business. Capt. DJ will provide the latest fishing gear, and you’ll vary your fishing techniques throughout your trip. Try trolling the deeper waters, bottom fishing the near waters, and test your spearfishing or kite fishing skills, with all equipment provided.

In the inshore waters, get ready to do battle with some deadly Sharks. These monster creatures provide for a thrilling encounter, so bring your A-game and show off your strength to hook one aboard.

Along the reefs and in the nearshore waters, you’ll try to fill the boat with delicious Snappers and Groupers. These prized creatures will make for a delicious dinner at the end of the day, and you’ll work up a hunger after a day fighting these beasts.

The deep waters are home to some highly-prized, trophy-sized fish. Target Sailfish for the catch of a lifetime, while going after Mahi Mahi and Tuna will test your skills and strength, also providing a tasty treat at the end of the day.

Wherever you head, you’re in for a productive day. Your captain will clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day, so you’ll be ready to enjoy the fruits of your labor right away! Come aboard Roughshot Charters and see why Florida Keys fishing is world-renowned.

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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Grouper & Snapper
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Dec
    up to 4 persons
    Head out west of Key West to the productive reefs and wrecks and try to fill the boat with some of the best-tasting creatures in the Gulf. These underwater metropolises are something to behold, as fish of all shapes, sizes, and color co-exist to create a dazzling picture. Bottom fish these productive fishing grounds and go after the numerous Grouper and Snapper species that call these waters their home, and head home with a delicious treat and lifelong memories.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Get away from the crowds close to Key West and head offshore for a real deep sea fishing experience. Troll the open waters and battle it out with some truly sought-after fish. Stunning Sailfish will leave you mesmerized by their sheer size and actual beauty, while tough-fighting Mahi Mahi and Tuna will make you work hard for your dinner. You can even deep drop to the bottom of the Gulf and catch one of the most delicious fish out there – Tilefish. Whatever you target, you're in for an unforgettable trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Get the best bang for your buck on a 3/4-day fishing charter. You'll have that extra bit of time to head to some of the deeper spots, a little further offshore as you explore a range of exciting fishing grounds. Hit the reefs and wrecks for tough-fighting and delicious Groupers, while you'll be able to troll the open waters to catch anything from a stunning Sailfish to delicious Mahi Mahi and Tuna. Get ready for an incredible workout, as you test your strength against these prized creatures.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    up to 4 persons
    This customized half-day trip will give you the chance to decide where you want to go. The beauty of fishing the Keys is that within minutes you can target a range of different fish in very diverse fishing grounds. Explore the inshore waters for Sharks and Snappers, hit the reefs and wrecks nearshore, or go offshore fishing for some pelagic beasts. Wherever you go, you're in for a thrilling experience, filling the boat with some delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    There's exciting fishing just on your doorstep, so a 3-hour trip will give you plenty of time to get your fish on. Explore the shallow waters and battle it out against some monster Sharks to test your strength, and reel in a few Snappers too to take home for dinner.
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About the Captain

Dj Barrios
Key West, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2019
Captain DJ Barrios was born to fish. A 4th-generation Key West native and 3rd-generation fisherman, you could say that he has saltwater running through his veins. He promises unrivaled local knowledge as he takes you to a range of popular and productive fishing spots, getting you on the biggest fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Red)

Grouper (Snowy)
Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mutton)

Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 300HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

30 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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