Almost enough inspiration to get me out... Alas, I have joined Slayerfish and I am retired from walleye fishing at night from shore. My eyes are getting bad and it's too cold to be in skirts on cold nights.
As far as grabbing them: just lip them!
Seriously, I do lip them sometimes, but not as a way to get them out of the water. Without a net, just grab them by the tail, then support their bellies before you lift them out. You can also try a boga grip. Personally, I don't like using the boga grip to get them out of the water. I get excited when I get a big walleye on the end of my line. Most of the time, I just end up pouncing on them and getting my feet wet. Ain't got time to get the boga out.