Hi Mink. Welcome to the board.
On the NY side guys are using bunker and they are prevalent and more consistent in large pods near the river mouths. Presumably cooler water. Netting is more difficult but plenty around to snag. Livelining and cut chunks are productive.
Eels always work at night. Clams seem to produce better for me in the spring. (Day and night) Bluefish are smaller than 2 weeks ago. But healthy choppers still lurk everywhere. The Bass are still here and will be for 2 more weeks.
The conventional wisdom says dark colors at night like black and purple and lighter when there is more light. I have had success with white poppers and atom poppers at low light but not when its dark.