The Fishing Rod is a tool in Stranded Deep. It allows the player to fish with only one risk. Unlike diving underwater to catch fish with a Fishing Spear, the player stays on the surface. To fish, the player needs a Bobber. The line may occasionally snap, forcing the player to go get the bobber again. The deeper you fish, the more fish you get. Do note that the player never needs bait to fish.
It is often considered a waste of time, because the player can just use a Fishing Spear and get +20 Fish within 3 minutes. However, the player is at risk of being attacked by a Shark. If the player is low on health and needs food, the Fishing Rod is the better way.