my grandfather did the same thing. had no plyers, it was deeply hooked, what can you do? excpt this one was 18 inches and had some big teeth. i remember him holding it like you would a smallie and the thing thrashing around. big ol' cuts down his thumb. all the way to the bone lol. all i can say is that there was alot of blood in the bottom of my boat lollol...I have lipped one before, it was a smaller one about 12'' ..no pliers,first time catching one...teeth are like little needles, it drew a little blood but by no means did it really hurt.Live and learn..I know own a nice set of fishing pliers.