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9XRS or XRS - Silver Shore Minnow or
X-Ray Silver Scale

COLOR NAME: Silver Shore Minnow or X-Ray Silver Scale
LURE(S) PICTURED: Top to bottom: River Runt Spook Floater (9409XRS); River Runt Spook Sinker (9110XRS), Punkinseed (749XRS)
DESCRIPTION: River Runt Spooks: Clear, transparent body with silver scale pattern on spine and belly and a black rib pattern on sides. 1st version has a silver scale pattern down the center of the ribs. Later versions this pattern was a solid black line. They have a red face and came in both gold eye and white eye. Later versions of this color have no scale pattern on the top or bottom and and the body is clear. Some lack the red face which may or may not be due to factory quality control. Introduced in 1934 as a color for River Runt Spooks. Color code changed to XRS in 1946.

Punkinseed: Solid white body with black ribs and silver scale pattern on spine and belly. Due to the yellowing of varnish, the white often appears yellow and the silver scales appear green. As with River Runts, the middle rib is scaled in the early version and solid black in the later version.

The 1st cataloged listing of this color in 1934 showed the name as X-Ray Silver Scale but the following year it was listed as Silver Shore Minnow.

The plastic models of Silver Shore are often found with a 'white' insert that can completely fill the inside cavity of the lure, though it is sometimes found partially filled. There is no evidence to suggest that this is a color other than Silver Shore Minnow and in fact, a number have been found in original boxes all marked Silver Shore Minnow. There is some indication that this 'white' insert may not be delibrate, i.e., something put in at the factory. An examination of a River Runt Spook that was broken in half reveals that the 'white' substance is nearly identical to that often found on the outside of plastic lures and has a 'soapy' texture that is easily removed (often referred to as mold). This 'mold' is supposedly caused by something in the plastic combining with moisture and heat. Shown above is a Jointed River Runt Spook Sinker and a Standard Sinker with this 'white' substance inside the body cavity. Also shown is the one that was examined and an inside view.

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