Lockport fishing guide swaps rod for camera, begins nature photography career
Cats on the Red owner Stu McKay puts company up for sale after almost 30 years in guiding business
Stu McKay, owner of Cats on the Red, is hanging up his fishing pole to pursue a career in nature photography.
"It's been on the backburners for a while now. We just decided to pull the trigger," McKay said.
Cats on the Red has been operating out of Lockport for about 30 years. In that time, McKay has guided scores of anglers on countless outings on the Red River and Lake Winnipeg, sharing tips and secret fishing holes along the way.
While most traditionally know McKay for his life on the water, his true calling has rested on land all along.
"It's been my passion for as far back as you want to go," McKay said.
He has gradually spent more and more time photographing terrestrial wildlife, forests and landscapes over the last 15 years, forging new relationships with other professional photographers along the way.
McKay originals are now being sold by American-based calendar companies.
Both the location and the Cats on the Red business went up for sale in November after three decades in the fishing business. McKay said he's had a great time helping fishermen hook trophy catches, but the camera is calling.
"That's longer than we anticipated staying, so now it's time to move on," he said.
"What time I have left on this earth, I want to spend looking through a lens."