Hi back, Natashia, & welcome to the Forums. If you also recently just joined the NAFC, welcome to the Club, as well.
Another option that can be used for muskies & big pike is a pike sling or cradle. It's a type of net that's flat, with a hard handle the length of the net's width at opposite ends. When the fish is brought to the boat, the sling's brought up from underneath, & the two ends with the handles are raised, slinging the pike at the halfway point in the netting. The fish rests in the prone position supported on the bottom & sides by the sling, & the head sticks out somewhat, so the lure/hook can be removed. I first saw them used on the In-Fisherman TV show more than 15 years ago, & they don't seem to damage the fish whatsoever. In fact, the pike seemed to be very sedate, & all were released apparently unharmed.
Again, welcome to the Club & to the Boards. Hope I've been some help. Let us know how you do with those "gators of the north."
Keep the line fresh, the hooks sharp, and have fun fishing. God bless you. -Sonny, Life Member since 2002