Fishing Without Bait

It's about living a life without definitive expectations and learning to fish without bait.

About the show

A mindful exercise. A look at ourselves. We recommend rest and relaxation. One way you can do this is to take up fishing. And for a truly mindful experience, try fishing without bait.

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  • Self Worth with Maureen | Episode 250

    July 7th, 2020  |  31 mins 10 secs
    disability, legally blind, marine biology, mindfulness, texas

    Jim Ellermeyer begins his conversation with Maureen from Texas, how she was inspired by the ocean and a teacher to pursue Marine Biology, growing up legally blind and contending with unintended social consequences of being different due to her disability and needing to use the assistive technology, redefining herself in college, seeing the world in a different way, friends and allies, and more!

  • Self Identity with Toria Susan | Episode 249

    June 30th, 2020  |  27 mins 53 secs
    abracadabra, confidence, fear, insecurities, pittsburgh, singer, songwriter, thank you, toria susan, validate emotions, victoria colonello

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with singer/songwriter Toria Susan about a positive outlook, recognizing feelings, romanticizing the past, signing with Digisonic Records, and more. You can listen to Toria Susan’s music at Toria is a newly signed artist with Digisonic Records.

  • If You Say So with Toria Susan | Episode 248

    June 23rd, 2020  |  28 mins 16 secs
    abracadabra, confidence, fear, insecurities, pittsburgh, singer, songwriter, thank you, toria susan, victoria colonello

    Jim Ellermeyer is joined by singer/songwriter Toria Susan as they discuss how she came to music and growing with entertainment and dancing, finding her voice, being positive, building confidence, pleasing others, and more!

  • A World of Change with Liss Victory | Episode 247

    June 16th, 2020  |  31 mins 58 secs
    black lives matter, coronavirus, covid-19, george floyd, lockdown, mindfulness, new york city, pandemic, pittsburgh, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with singer/songwriter Liss Victory as they continue their discussion about her experience in New York City around the Coronavirus, confirmation bias, we talk about how she got to New York City to be a part of The Lit Room, where the group is repurposing a closed thrift store to a music venue and recording studio, “pulling weeds” in your life, the George Floyd Black Lives Matter Protests and what life will look like after all of this.

  • A Change of Scenery with Liss Victory | Episode 246

    June 9th, 2020  |  30 mins 49 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, lockdown, mindfulness, new york city, objectively tragic, pandemic, pittsburgh, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer welcomes back singer/songwriter Liss Victory to the show as we discuss her recent move to New York City in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  How did a realization of being “objectively tragic” helped make a the decision for her.  We talk about her trip out and traveling from Pittsburgh on a train during the height of Coronavirus just before lockdowns and finding compassion on the way, readapting to the New York life, and the zeitgeist of New York during lockdown, her own experience being a denier, and we begin a conversation about what qualities of Governor Andrew Cuomo that instill trust. 

  • Strong Influences with Tim Vitullo | Episode 245

    June 2nd, 2020  |  28 mins 56 secs
    arrogance, blues music, confidence, do no harm, pittsburgh, singer, songwriting, tim vitullo

    Jim Ellermeyer continues his conversation with singer/songwriter Tim Vitullo as he discusses interfacing with his fellow musicians in the Tim Vitullo Band, writer’s block, capturing the human condition, writing the music to go with his thoughts and lyrics, his influences, and a live performance of “Running Out of Time” !

  • Fishing Without Bait 244: Being an Independent Artist with Tim Vitullo

    May 26th, 2020  |  24 mins 13 secs
    discipline, extrovert, introvert, pittsburgh, singer, tim vitullo

    Jim Ellermeyer is joined by singer/songwriter Tim Vitullo as they talk about being an “Introverted Extrovert”, his introduction into music starting at 14 years old, being an independent artist, being his own small business with the band, dealing with failure and being told “no”, coping with discouragement, band touring as a group with day jobs and making mistakes.

  • Choosing Happiness with John Cihon | Episode 343

    May 19th, 2020  |  27 mins 22 secs
    12 step, coronavirus, covid-19, fear, lockdown, mindset, music, stay at home, strength, wise mind choices

    Jim Ellerymeyer is joined by singer/songwriter John Cihon as they conclude their conversation this week. We talk about choosing to fixate one parts of the world, focusing on other’s failings against our own, what he chooses to do every day to influence his life, and romanticizing what could have been with things in his life that never came to be, exploring the cause of what brings one to addictive behavior, and talks about bonding with Perry Farrell over shared testicular cancer diagnosis and why he’s playing “Tahitian Moon” by Porno for Pyros. Follow John Cihon at

  • What is Happening FOR John Cihon | Episode 242

    May 12th, 2020  |  27 mins 49 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, fear, lockdown, music, stay at home, strength, wise mind choices

    Jim Ellerymeyer is joined by singer/songwriter John Cihon. We chat about the things in his life that made him angry when younger from testicular cancer, marrying young, substance issues. We talk about deep in this episode about his relationship issues, fears, and how his son is currently dealing with his upset job and internship opportunities very well.

    “Instead of happening to me, things are happening for me…we only grow through difficult things”

  • What is Counseling? | Episode 241

    May 5th, 2020  |  31 mins 16 secs
    active listening, counseling, do no harm, sigmund freud, validation

    Jim Ellermeyer is back to talk about counseling. What does one experience when they attend? At what point does one need to determine if the need to go? How is counseling like Yoda from Star Wars? How do you build a relationship with your counselor that creates a safe place you may not have in day to day life, what is takes to become a licensed therapist, and we talk about what we want to do when the COVID-19 Quarantine ends.

  • The Zeitgeist | Episode 240

    April 28th, 2020  |  18 mins 27 secs
    agenda, boredom, complacency, covid-19, quarantine, uncertainty, zeitgeist

    Jim Ellermeyer and Mr Mike are discussing the Zeitgeist, or general feeling, of today’s environment in the era of Covid-19 and quarantines. We talk about finding trusting news sources to help determine information and navigate these choppy waters, confirmation bias, being quick forgetters, and considering what you can do today.

  • Special Crossover: Listen to Your Parents: Let's Go Fishing

    April 24th, 2020  |  51 mins 49 secs
    birthdays, coronavirus, covid-19, home schooling, mindfulness, parenting, podcast

    On this episode, we talk with Jim Ellermeyer from the Fishing Without Bait podcast about mindfulness and other lessons that can help parents maintain a healthy outlook during these difficult times.

    Matt and Jen are also joined by fellow parents Chris and Alanna from Buffalo, NY and Dave and Tina from Elizabeth, PA.

  • Breaking News | Episode 239

    April 21st, 2020  |  20 mins 38 secs
    breaking news, cognitive bias, confirmation bias, mindfulness, proactive, toxicity

    Jim Ellermeyer and Producer Mike are talking bout the influx of information and “breaking news” we deal with on the daily basis. How do we validate how we feel about the events going on, using news sources that we can trust, and being aware of your own cognitive biased and confirmation biased sources. We also look at productivity in their quarantine down time, and giving yourself a pass. How hard is it to be proactive in a situation?

  • Shock to the System | Episode 238

    April 14th, 2020  |  22 mins 2 secs

    Jim Ellermeyer and Mike Sorg are talking about the quick moving change in many people’s lives in the wake of the Coronavirus Quarantine, reassessing their purpose, reconnecting with technology, appreciation to the service industry essential workers that help make this easier for us, too much bad news, and detoxing from information.

  • You Are Important | Episode 237

    April 7th, 2020  |  21 mins 38 secs
    anxiety, coronavirus, defense mechanism, facts, mental health, mindfulness, perspective, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer is talking with us today to help out those who are in recovery during this tough time. We discuss how we can still move forward if it feels like we’re standing still in our homes, navigating the hallway of life, and identifying just how important you and those around you are.

  • Stranger in a Strange Land | Episode 236

    March 31st, 2020  |  31 mins 19 secs
    active listening, coronavirus, defense mechanism, mental health, mindfulness, perspective, quarantine

    Jim Ellermeyer is back talking about our view on the situation presented to many of us these days. We look at perspectives, “changing the view of the horse”, how each of us are dealing with our quarantine, the weight of the words “I’m sorry” and our actions, active listening, defense mechanisms, and more!