October is one of the best months for Bonefish. I found over the years that the larger Bonefish are caught around Islamorada. Tide and tidal current is the No.1 influence for Bonefish on any given flat. All flats there will hold them at one time or another. So you have to check different flats on different tides to find them. There has been some great Bonefishing on falling tides.
But once you do, they should be on that flat at each similar tide throughout the month. Live shrimp and jig heads tipped with shrimp work well. I would not use braided line when fishing for Bonefish. I use straight fluorocarbon line because of its invisibility. If you fly fish, that is a great way to go, with its quiet presentation.
The key to catching Bonefish is stealth, downsized non-intrusive terminal tackle (invisible line and small hooks) and chumming. I would have a lot of healthy live shrimp. I would cut them up in small pieces and let the tide take your fresh cut chummed shrimp to the Bonefish. When casting to your fish, stay low and be cognizant of your shadow from you, your boat and your casting. You might want to crouch down and use a side cast.
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