How are you, Tim, & welcome to the Forums. If you're a new NAFC member, welcome to the Club, too.
The best way to land a pike is in a net or a pike sling. The best place to grab them to dig the hook out: grab the smaller ones behind the head from the top, the larger ones by the gill plate. Be sure to keep your fingers along the outside plate. Stay away from those gill rakers, or you'll do a dance! The best place to grab them for pictures: the same spots, & maybe a hand under the tail to show it horizontally.
Again, welcome to the Forum. There's a good bunch of guys here, & you'll learn & laugh a lot. So, grab a cup of coffee & enjoy.
Keep the line fresh, the hooks sharp, and have fun fishing. God bless you. -Sonny, Life Member since 2002