Seems like I've run into some bad luck recently... it makes me wonder how the BOC collectively does so far as skunks. Keep in mind, I mean fishless trips. not biteless. Been plenty of days where there's been a few subtle twitches to the line; their still skunks in my book. I'm also interested about what people do to minimize them. Does a boat help alot? perhaps you're a trophy hunter that would sooner skunk for the big ones than pull in alot of measely channels (ok, thats strange in my book- fish is better than no fish, any day:tounge_out Do they come in spurts for you or with a certain regularity? For me they seem to happen in big bunches. similarly if the fishing is great usually the bite goes on for a while. Do you fish harder or longer in the midst of an apparent skunk, or perhaps are you better adjusted and hang up the rod early, with the attitude that you'll come back and fish hard when the bite is on? If you have it; estimate the percent of skunked days(nights) versus all you fishing trip. Anyother thing to say regarding skunks would be welcome. I need to come to grips with the unsuccessful side of fishing- that is they reason they call this 'fishing' and not 'catching'.