The Fishing Rod is Big the Cat's signature item that he is always carrying with him. As well as for fishing, Big can also use his Fishing Rod as a weapon.
The Fishing Rod is an object based on the rods of the same name. Although its design varies between games and artworks, it is generally a yellow reed with black stripes. The Fishing Rod also includes a handle that is light orange and has a red reel. It has a long, thin line, along with a green, orange and black fish-shaped lure.
The Fishing Rod first appears alongside Big in Sonic Adventure and is always seen with him. Big uses the Fishing Rod in order to catch his best friend Froggy, who runs away. Big also uses the rod as a weapon for defensive purposes with the Lure Attack. Big can upgrade the Fishing Rod with Lures to boost its power to catch fish of larger sizes, and can also upgrade it to the Power Rod to boost its catching range.
In Sonic Heroes, Big can use his Fishing Rod to launch Amy and Cream as fireballs, as well as to use his Big Fishing attack. In this game, Big's Fishing Rod also serves as an umbrella; its umbrella functions are utilised when using Umbrella Descent and Flower Festival.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
Big's Fishing Rod appears once again in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. In this game, Big uses the Fishing Rod as his basic weapon by snagging opponents with the lure.
In other media
Team Sonic Racing Overdrive
- The Fishing Rod is seen in every game with Big as a playable character except Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.