In 1929, John Schumke, an avid Connecticut fisherman and employee of the Bridgeport Silverware Company, developed a four-sided, plated metal lure and called it the Bridgeport Diamond Jig. Made by the silverware company, its finish was dazzling and its fish-catching ability remarkable. In 1955, the diamond jig division was sold to Bead Tackle Company and Schumke went with his lure, which had gained worldwide distribution and popularity. Today, Bridgeport Diamond Jigs and Bead Tackle are manufactured in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and are still the highest quality available. The diamond jig is a beach fisherman's go-to lure when sand eels are in the wash, and from a boat it catches pretty much everything. Stripers, bluefish, weakfish, cod, pollock, tuna, grouper, snapper - the list is endless. Cast and retrieved or fished vertically, it's hard to beat.