Your doing a great job. Not a fan of seeing Bass dragged across the sand or worse.
Keep in mind its the green Bass, the one you skip across the surface is the one that will get you every time; with a plug in her mouth that has multiple trebles flying around its best to be in control. If you are fishing the proper tackle to land your trophy, now you have a Bass in there teens approaching twenty pounds or larger fighting for her life. Things can go wrong quickly.
Although I will grab them by the lower jaw or slip my hand under her gill plate at times, there are some fish you are better off grabbing with a boga or fish gripper. A boga is buy far the easiest way to control a large green fish. A long mono leader is a must. It gives you a added advantage in quickly grabbing the leader first, gaining control until you are able get hold of her lower jaw with your boga.
Have a great fall season.