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.

Game appearances

Sonic Adventure

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.

Sonic Heroes

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

Sonic X

Main article: Fishing Rod (Sonic X)

Team Sonic Racing Overdrive

In Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, Big used his fishing rod to reach merchandise of Froggy from a Black Market. Instead, the hook hit Knuckles' head, who, enraged, threw the rod back at him.


Archie Comics

IDW Publishing

Main article: Fishing Rod (IDW)

Big with his Fishing Rod, from Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Fishing Rod appears as Big the Cat's main tool for fishing and defending himself.


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