Edit: see my post a few down for another video
A while back I invented a nudging technique that will allow players to stop a bobber entirely in about 15 seconds on most machines.
Here's a video I made about the technique. an acquaintance of mine named the technique - 'Pecking'
I address what doesn't work first - if you're in a hurry skip to 1:20 to see the technique in action
seriously no trickery. this works!
you can actually even prevent a slow tilt with this. play around with the force and rhythm.
past history shows this is a controversial technique. it's a great way to avoid cooling down waiting 3 minutes for a bobber to stop after a double danger.
if you don't like it, don't use it! but it's not going to damage the machine, and it's totally legal in competition.
I'd like to give a shout out to Andy Rosa. I cant figure out how to contact him, but at pinburgh 2016 he talked to me for about 15 minutes about his nudging techniques. he was a big inspiration for me. thank you, Andy!